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BergerABAM Chief Executive Officer Arnfinn Rusten Honored as 2014 Engineer of the Year by ACEC of Washington

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Washington awarded the prestigious Engineer of the Year award to BergerABAM President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arnfinn (Arnie) Rusten, PE, SE, for his outstanding contributions to the engineering community. The Engineer of the Year award is bestowed annually to an engineer who embodies the highest level of service and integrity to the engineering profession.

Mr. Rusten, a native of Norway, left the country in 1971 on a skiing scholarship to the University of Idaho to study engineering. He graduated with a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1975 and with a master’s in structural engineering in 1976. Following one year of teaching at the University, Mr. Rusten started work at BergerABAM as a junior engineer. Through hard work and vision, he increasingly advanced his role and in 2005 became president and CEO.

As a registered civil and structural professional engineer in several states, Mr. Rusten has worked on engineering projects throughout the United States and abroad, primarily related to waterfront and transportation projects. His major clients include public ports, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Since becoming CEO, Mr. Rusten expanded BergerABAM’s formal strategic business process, which established and achieved significant goals, allowing the company to continue to prosper and expand amidst the recent recession. His leadership continues to spawn initiatives that are advancing technologies and efficiencies for clients and the engineering industry.

Mr. Rusten has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Business Practices Cabinet Chair for ACEC of Washington, where his efforts helped the organization’s business practices training platforms to be continually up-to-date and relevant. He has made major contributions to the improvement of education at Business Practice presentations and for the Professionals Course, helping to increase members’ understanding of the business of engineering.

“Arnie has leveraged his own professional efforts by encouraging, inspiring, and supporting talented members of the BergerABAM staff to become involved in efforts outside of the company that need their skills and that benefit from their work and talent,” adds Mike LaNier, PE, chairman of the board and executive vice president of BergerABAM.

In addition to his service with ACEC, Mr. Rusten also participates in the American Association of Port Authorities, American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, Structural Engineers Association of Washington, and Washington Public Ports Association.