Patrick Droze

Patrick Droze, PE (BS Civ Egr '05) is the winner of the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Young Civil Engineer Award. He was honored by both the Michigan and Southeastern Michigan sections of ASCE.

Beating out candidates from across the Great Lakes State, Droze received the state award at the Michigan Engineering Conference on May 10, 2012, in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the branch award on May 5. The awards, given annually, recognize engineers under the age of 35 for significant achievement based on professional contributions and service to the community.

Droze, 29, is a design and project engineer for the regional architecture, engineering, and planning firm Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. (OHM). He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from MSU where he served as president of the ASCE Student Chapter and was the recipient of the Conrad Service Award in 2005.

He has designed water, sewer, and roadway improvement projects for municipalities across Michigan and Ohio. He specializes in storm water management projects where he has conducted several hydraulic studies as well as designs for drainage improvements, erosion control, and stream bank stabilization.

Of Droze's accomplishment, OHM's municipal services director Kent Early says, "Pat's been with us since his internship. It's been a pleasure to watch him become the professional he is today. He's a bright, talented engineer with limitless potential."

Active in numerous community and professional organizations, Droze is a member of the Southeast Michigan Branch of ASCE and previously served as secretary and web development committee chair to the Committee on Younger Members. He has participated in a variety of ASCE events including Student Night, Adopt-A-Road, and Habitat for Humanity. Droze has been a member of Transportation Riders United (TRU) since 2007 and recently served as their vice president. He is also a volunteer tour guide with Preservation Detroit, Detroit's oldest and largest architectural preservation organization, and is a regular volunteer at community improvement programs such as Romulus Clean Sweep, Ypsilanti Pride Day, and MDOT's Adopt-a-Highway.

He and his wife Katie, live in Livonia, Michigan.