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Robert H. Durfee 2008 New Hampshire Engineer of the Year
|Robert Durfee, P.E.|
Jan 24, 2008 - DuBois & King, Inc., is pleased to announce that Robert H. Durfee, P.E., SECB,
has been selected by a jury of peers from New Hampshire's engineering societies as the 2008 New
Hampshire Engineer of the Year. The award will be presented to Mr. Durfee at the annual
Engineers Week Banquet to be held in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 21st. The
coveted award recognizes exemplary talent, effort, and involvement in the engineering profession
and in the community.
The Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH) nominated Durfee on the quality and depth
of his professional work, volunteerism in his community, and his efforts in advancing the field of
engineering. Durfee is a founding director and a past president for SENH and is noted for his
efforts to encourage the training and mentoring of young engineers as an effective way to remedy
the chronic shortage of experienced engineers.
Mr. Durfee is a licensed professional engineer in eight states and has 30 years of professional
experience in transportation and structural engineering. He has been nationally certified by the
Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB). He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from
Clarkson University and a Masters of Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. As a senior
engineering manager, Mr. Durfee has led the design effort for bridge, highway, roadway, dam,
building, and specialty structural projects and has managed transportation projects for state
agencies in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.
Mr. Durfee has extensive experience assisting New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and
Massachusetts municipalities with roadway and bridge projects and has completed design,
rehabilitation, inspection, and evaluation services on well over 100 bridge projects throughout the
Mr. Durfee is a nationally recognized expert on covered bridges and a noted author of technical
papers, publications, and presentations on bridge and structural engineering. Some of Durfee's
covered bridge projects include: the Ashuelot Covered Bridge in Winchester, the Cilleyville Bog
Covered Bridge in Andover, the Swiftwater Covered Bridge in Bath, and the Haverhill-Bath
Covered Bridge, the state's oldest authenticated covered bridge. In 2002, his firm won a national
award for his work on the Slate Covered Bridge in Swanzey.
Mr. Durfee is active in numerous professional societies. He has been a member of the Structural
Engineers of New Hampshire since 1994 and served as New Hampshire's delegate to the National
Council of Structural Engineers Associations since 2000. He is also a member of the National
Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, the Covered Bridge Societies in Vermont, New
York, and Pennsylvania, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mr. Durfee has been an active participant and coach for youth sports and is presently
Commissioner of the Belknap County owned Gunstock Mountain Resort. He was a member of
the Laconia Little League Board of Directors from 1991 to 2004.
As Vice President and Director of DuBois & King's Civil Works Division, Mr. Durfee is
responsible for management of all ground transportation, water resources, and aviation
engineering projects. Mr. Durfee lives in Laconia, New Hampshire with his family and works in
the firm's Nashua, New Hampshire office.
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This file posted 02/09/2008