Terry Neimeyer, PE. F.ACEC, B.CEE, F.ASCE, was recently honored by the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers (MDSPE) as the Icon of the Industry. Only in its second year, the annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on their community and the engineering profession. Friends, family and colleagues joined Terry to celebrate the prestigious honor and applaud a new class of recently licensed engineers during the organization’s ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland.
Terry joined KCI after graduating from college in 1977 and was named president and chief operating officer of the firm in November 1995, served as chief executive officer from March 1999 until September 2018, and is the firm’s current Chairman of the Board. During his career, he has held many leadership roles and oversaw numerous signature projects. Most notably, Terry was the project manager for the Inland Bays Regional Wastewater Facility in Sussex County, Delaware, and the Zebra Mussel protection facilities for Baltimore’s three major drinking water sources.
Terry is passionate about the industry and has served in leadership roles for multiple educational institutions and professional organizations. He served on advisory boards for the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and the University of Delaware’s Engineering College, has an annual student scholarship offered in his name at both institutions, and was selected as the Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2000 and the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2004 at the latter. Professionally, Terry has been actively involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for decades. He is also a member of the Maryland Association of Engineers, the County Engineer’s Association of Maryland, the Water Environment Federation, the Engineering Society of Baltimore (ESB), and the Tau Beta Pi national honorary engineering fraternity. In 2001, the Maryland Section of ASCE named him Civil Engineer of the Year, and, one year later, ESB bestowed Engineer of the Year honors.
On the national level, Terry served as president for the Design Professionals Risk Control Group of XL Design Professional, Inc., and is past chair of ACEC’s Design Professionals Coalition, an organization of large-firm principals dedicated to advancing legislative action that enhances business opportunities for the engineering community. He was treasurer of ACEC National in 2007-2009 and chairman from 2011 to 2012. Terry is a GSA Design Excellence Peer Reviewer, serves on the board of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association, and is past chairman and a founding board member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He also served as a Trustee and past Chairman of the ACEC Retirement Trust that manages nearly $2 billion of assets for 401k plans for over 300 firms. Terry recently completed his term as an At Large Director on ASCE’s National Board of Direction and is a past Chairman of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council. He has attained Fellow status and has served on numerous national and regional committees. He also served on the board of the US Chamber of Commerce where he chaired the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council for mid-cap companies from 2007-2009.
Within the Maryland community, Terry is a past chairman of both the Maryland and Baltimore County Chambers of Commerce. A past-president of the Maryland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, his fund-raising efforts have contributed toward finding a cure for a disease that affects the lives of more than 16 million Americans. Terry is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Maryland, served on the UMBC Industrial Advisory Board and the Business Advisory Committee of Dundalk High School in Baltimore County. In 2011, he received the Community Ambassador Award from the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) and in 2013, he chaired the organization’s Tocqueville Society. Terry currently sits on the UWCM Board and recently co-chaired their annual corporate campaign, raising nearly $23 million. Terry has served on two legislative appointed panels in Maryland. The first was a funding panel for the Shock Trauma system in Maryland. The second was a retirement security commission on the readiness of Marylanders for retirement.