Company Earns Prestigious Award for Mentoring Culture and In-House University

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Howard R. Green Co. was recently awarded the Professional Development Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers' Professional Engineers in Private Practice. The award was officially presented during NSPE's annual conference July 15–18, 2010, in Orlando.

The PEPP Professional Development Award is presented to employers that exhibit exceptional career development initiatives and have made outstanding contributions to the advancement and improvement of the engineering profession through its employment policies and practices. The purpose of the award is to recognize those firms with the best engineering employment practices, and to encourage all firms to adopt progressive policies and practices.

Howard R. Green Co., an engineering and architectural firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, enhances their business through the development of progressive people programs. These programs include its in-house Green University curriculum, formal mentoring programs, and active career development planning processes. The internal training program, Green University, with a number of specialized curricula designed to provide job-specific and technical knowledge that enhances the ability of its employees to better perform their jobs and expand personal expertise. A broad array of courses in four educational tracks—interpersonal skills, project management, business development, and technical curricula—are offered, along with a particular focus on developing future and emerging leadership within the firm. Some 1,450 hours of training were delivered to staff last year by in-house experts.

Founded in 1913, Howard R. Green Co. is a professional services firm with nearly 400 employees offering planning, engineering, transportation, community resources, water/wastewater, construction, environmental, buildings, technology, and renewable energy services to clients in diverse markets. The firm operates 13 offices located in six states and moved up more than 150 places to 205 on the 2010 edition of ENR's Top 500 Design Firms.

The selection for the national award is made by the PEPP Awards Committee on the basis of both current and longtime reputation of the organizations under consideration, with particular emphasis on the preceding twelve months. Criteria for the judging of the award include engineering personnel/licensure information, recruitment, employment, professional development, and special employment practices. Nominations for the award must be originated by local chapters or practice divisions of an NSPE-affiliated state society and are due by March 1.

For more information about the program or how to submit nominations for 2011, contact Kim Granados at or visit the Web site at

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE has been promoting professional excellence for over 75 years. NSPE serves more than 43,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit