Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Keynote Session

Monday, June 12, 2023

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Kevin Duris, P.E.
IBC General Chair
Trumbull Corporation

Kevin Duris is an Executive Estimator for Trumbull Corporation, a prominent industry leader in heavy highway and heavy civil construction services across the mid-Atlantic states and headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Kevin has been employed by Trumbull Corporation for over 42 years and counting, holding positions as Project Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator and Executive Estimator. The projects Kevin has been involved with range from $5M to $500M.

Mr. Duris holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Kevin is a registered Civil Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

Kevin has been a member in the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) since joining in 1982. He received the Presidentā€™s Award in 1998. Kevin held numerous positions at the local chapter in Pittsburgh, serving as President in 2000 and Co-Chair of the 2016 National Conference. At the National level, Kevin served on several committees from 2000 to present and served as National President in 2009. Kevin has been a member of Association of Bridge Construction & Design (ABCD) since 2017.

Mr. Duris was a mentor at Carnegie Mellon University to advise students during the Construction Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) Student Estimating Competition from 2017 to 2022. He coached the winning team in 2022. Kevin currently is the Competition Advisor.

Kevin joined the Engineersā€™ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) International Bridge Executive Committee in 2017. He previously served as chair of the Construction Committee and Technical Program Committee before assuming the General Chair role this year.


Joseph Hartmann


Steve Harelson, P.E.
Chief Engineer, Colorado DOT


Charles H. Thornton
Honorary Chairman, ACE National Board
Charles H. Thornton & Co.

Charles H. Thornton is the Chairman and managing principal of TT Group, Inc., a project management and developer of industrialized building systems and Chairman of Straam, a company offering services aimed at dianosing, assessing and managing structures.Ā  Previously, Charlie was founding principal and Chairman of Thornton-Tomasetti; a 550-person organization providing engineering services, failure analysis, hazard mitigation, and disaster response services.

Dr. Thornton holds a B.S. degree from Manhattan College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University.Ā  Dr. Thornton has received a number of distinguished honors in his profession, including: election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997; named Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999; awarded Engineering News-Record’s Award of Excellence 2001; selected to receive the Hoover Medal for 2002; and selected to receive the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Civil Engineering 2003; elected to membership in the National Academy of Construction in 2005 and elected to Honorary Member of AIA in 2006.

Dr. Thornton is Chairman and Founder of the ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit organization that, each year, offers guidance and training to inner city high schools in architecture, construction, and engineering in cities across the U.S. including; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Stamford, CT; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Washington, DC.


Dr. Allison Black