William (Bill) Kussro (BS '91, MS '92, Civ Egr) a civil and structural engineering manager at Giffels, LLC / IBI Group in the Southfield, Mich., office, has been named 2012 Structural Engineer of the Year by the Structural Engineers Association of Michigan. The award is presented to a structural engineer who has been practicing for more than 12 years, in recognition of outstanding achievements in structural engineering, mentoring younger engineers, and contributions to improve the quality of life for the general public.
Kussro joined Giffels, LLC / IBI Group in 1995 and was promoted to manager of the structural and civil engineering department in 2005. As department manager, he is responsible for a group of 30 structural engineers, civil engineers, and CAD designers. He is also directly involved in marketing, project estimating, staffing, manpower projections, and other management-related efforts within IBI Group. He holds professional civil and structural engineering licenses in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia and Province of British Columbia.
He is active in numerous professional societies including the Engineering Society of Detroit and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Building Code Advisory Committee. He was also the recipient of the 2008 "40 Under 40" award given by Building Design and Construction magazine. That award recognized Kussro as one of the brightest young stars in the AEC industry for his outstanding leadership in the field of commercial construction.