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ENR Midwest Names Dues to Top Young Professionals List

Eric Dues

Eric Dues, PE, SE, CBI

(Columbus, Ohio) Gannett Fleming’s Eric F. Dues, PE, SE, CBI, a structural engineer and inspector, was named an Engineering News-Record Midwest Top Young Professional for 2017. The annual competition honors 20 individuals based in the Midwest and under the age of 40 who have built exceptional industry portfolios, contribute time and expertise to advancing the industry and their discipline, and demonstrate a commitment to serving their communities.

Dues was presented with this award in recognition of his volunteer projects with Engineers Without Borders and his commitment to professional excellence. As a volunteer for EWB, he has served as a professional mentor and structural engineer for the design and construction of a solar powered water pumping system, water storage system, and gravity fed distribution system with multiple public taps and hand pumps in the village of Batoula, Cameroon in West Africa. The completed system provided the village with clean, running, drinking water. Prior to the improvements that Dues implemented through his work with EWB, residents obtained water from a variety of extremely contaminated water sources. 

In his role with Gannett Fleming, Dues is making significant contributions to some of the Midwest’s most high profile structural projects. As the lead structural engineer for seven transit structures, Dues led a team of bridge engineers and technicians for the $188 million Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail Blue Line Expansion design-build project in Texas. The new alignment extended rail service in the metro area approximately 4.8 miles eastward at grade and over seven prestressed-concrete and structural steel bridges to the proposed Downtown Rowlett Station.

Dues holds an associate of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Wright State University and a bachelor of science in civil engineering focused in structural engineering at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his international volunteer work, Dues is active in his local community, sharing his broad structural engineering project experience during annual visits to the University of Cincinnati and inspiring students to pursue careers in structural engineering. He also serves on the board of directors for the Central Ohio Section of the Association of Bridge Construction and Design and as an at-large member of the leadership team.

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