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The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award - Honoring Researchers Who Are Making a Difference

About the Award

Drexel University believes that an academic institution has a responsibility to work on real-world challenges in partnership with neighboring communities and beyond. Drexel University is committed to excellence in use-inspired research—rigorous academic work that tangibly translates into intellectual progress and social good.

Each year, Drexel's President and Provost select a field of study for the Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award and appoint a distinguished panel of experts including faculty and academic leaders from the University and elsewhere to choose a recipient. The recipient receives an award of $50,000 and is honored at events on Drexel's campus.

The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous Drexel alumnus. Thanks to the donor's contribution, Drexel has established a leadership position in recognizing the importance of use-inspired research nationwide.

The 2010 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award: Civil Engineering

The 2010 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award will honor a faculty member in civil engineering currently employed at an institution of higher education or a non-profit research institution in the United States. The innovative research of this engineer should push the frontiers of his or her field, with outcomes that address unmet needs in society and hence have the power to change the world. The recipient of the $50,000 award will be honored at Drexel’s Commencement in mid-June and visit campus in fall 2010 for a week-long residency to present lectures and interact with students and faculty.

2010 Award Committee Chair: John J. Donnelly

John (Jack) Donnelly is Chief Executive Officer of the L. F. Driscoll Company, LLC, a construction management company and one of the largest general contracting firms in the Philadelphia region. He is a 1972 civil engineering graduate of Drexel University. Mr. Donnelly has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry.

Mr. Donnelly began his career with Irwin & Leighton, then came to L. F. Driscoll as an estimator and worked his way through the ranks to his present position as CEO. Through this journey, he learned the construction industry from the ground up, and it is this experience that enables him to provide quality projects to each of the company's clients. L. F. Driscoll has served the mid-Atlantic region or more than 40 years, and his firm has been involved in various major projects in Philadelphia, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Wharton School's Huntsman Hall, the Wachovia Center, Citizens Bank Ball Park, and the Comcast Tower. Jack Donnelly is also a member of The Drexel 100, the University’s most prestigious honor society for alumni.

In 2009, L. F. Driscoll merged with the StructureTone Corporation. Mr. Donnelly continues as CEO of the original firm.

Mr. Donnelly serves on the boards of Moore College of Art and Design, Our Lady of Lourdes Health System, Central City Development Corporation and the Friends of St. Martin de Porres.