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Local engineer earns high accolades during National Engineer Week

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah-area professional engineering community formally recognized Carol H. Abercrombie, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District for her notable contributions to water resource projects in Coastal Georgia.

Abercrombie received the 2013 “James Connolly Award” during the Savannah E-Week Technical Training Conference at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Feb. 19. The conference is held annually in Savannah as part of the nationally-recognized Engineer Week (E-Week) observance.

The Connolly Award is presented each year to a civilian or military engineer within the Savannah community for notable contributions in the field of engineering, particularly in design and construction methods. The award is named in honor of James B. Connolly (1868-1957), who was an Olympic gold medalist, Spanish-American War veteran, distinguished author, and a former Corps’ Savannah District employee. Abercrombie is the ninth recipient of the Connolly Award since it was first presented in 2004.

"It's wonderful to feel appreciated by my co-workers and the Savannah engineering community as a whole," Abercrombie said. "I hope the work I have done has made a positive difference in the community."

The award was presented by the Savannah Community of Engineer organizations, which includes the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Savannah Post and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Savannah Branch.

With 31 years of service at the Corps' Savannah District, Abercrombie is a technical expert in coastal engineering and design. She serves as the Engineering Technical lead on numerous Civil Works Projects, most notably the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Other key projects she has worked on include the Tybee Island Beach Renourishment, previous deepening projects at the Brunswick and Savannah harbors, and tailrace dredging at the Richard B. Russell Dam in Elberton, Ga.

A resident of Hardeeville, S.C., Abercrombie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. 

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