Founder Bob Dawson inducted into National Academy of Construction


One of the most prestigious awards in the engineering and construction industries is to be selected for membership in the National Academy of Construction. NAC is comprised of industry leaders whose careers demonstrate outstanding contributions to the effectiveness of their fields. Chartered in 2000, NAC has only about 100 members.

This month, NAC announced that it would induct Dawson & Associates founder Bob Dawson into the organization.

During his remarkable career, Bob has held senior positions at the White House, the Defense Department and on Capitol Hill that have given him a deep understanding of federal water and environmental policy. During Bob’s service, he led a successful reform of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ selection and funding processes for water projects, with an emphasis on both construction and environmental sustainability.

A former Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bob oversaw budget and policy for about one fourth of the Federal budget, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Interior; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bob also served for 7 years as the U.S. Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works and Deputy Assistant Secretary. On Capitol Hill, he served as Administrator of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee under two different Chairmen.

Election to the NAC follows a peer-nomination and peer-selection process that creates a select candidate list. New members are elected from that list by NAC members.

Bob is the 9th member of Dawson & Associates to be selected for membership in the NAC. The other members of our firm are:

  • Gen. (ret) Rick Capka, our Chief Operating Officer and formerly Federal Highway Administrator and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic and South Pacific Divisions;

  • Les Edelman, who was USACE Chief Counsel for nearly 20 years;

  • Lt. Gen. (ret) Hank Hatch, former USACE Commander and Chief of Engineers;

  • Maj. Gen. (ret) Don Riley, former USACE Deputy Commander and Deputy Chief of Engineers;

  • Maj. Gen. (ret) Merdith (“Bo”) Temple, former Acting USACE Commander and Chief of Engineers;

  • Steve Stockton, formerly USACE Director of Army Civil Works; and

  • Col. (ret) Bud Griffis, formerly commander of USACE New York District and an expert in construction program management.

In addition, the late Lt. Gen. (ret) Vald Heiberg, former Commander and Chief of Engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers and a valued member of Dawson & Associates for years, was also a member.

Maj. Gen. (ret) Rick Stevens

Senior Vice President

A former Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rick joined our firm in 2018.


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