ACEC Research Institute
Prize Drawing

The ACEC Research Institute held its first ever Annual Prize Drawing on June 15th, 2021 to benefit the ACEC Research Institute’s mission to deliver knowledge and business strategies that guide and elevate the engineering industry.

Congratulations to all our lucky winners:

One-hour remote driving experience with Boston Dynamics – Tony Bartolomeo
Baltrusol Golf Club & Morris County Country Club Golf Weekend – Mike Carragher
Nine subscriptions to Autodesk’s Annual AEC Collection – Kenny Smith
Gulf of Mexico Saltwater Fishing Trip for 4 – Jason Matson
Wine Cellar & Tasting Glasses – Gilbert Hantzsch
Golf at The Club at Mediterra in Naples, FL – Mindy Toole
Scotch Around the World – Robin Greenleaf
The Two Pappy’s and Monte Cristo Cigars – John Rathke

Thank you to everything that participated in the drawing. With your support the ACEC Research Institute will continue our mission to deliver knowledge and business strategies that guide and elevate the industry.

A special thank you to all of our prize donors: Autodesk, Boston Dynamics, Langan, Edwin Freidrichs, Kevin McMahon, Gary Raba, Mitch Simpler, Kenny Smith and Kurt Yoshii.

The ACEC Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations to the ACEC Research Institute are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Prize descriptions

Three-day, 54-hole golf weekend in New Jersey on the Upper Course at the world-renowned Baltrusol Golf Club & Morris County Country Club.

Baltrusol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey, only a stone’s throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country’s premier golf clubs, and is home to 17 major championships, including seven U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships.

Morris County Country Club’s immaculately maintained 18-hole, par 70 MCGC course was designed in 1916 by Seth Raynor (possibly in partnership with Charles Blair MacDonald) and features 150 acres of tree-lined fairways and undulating terrain. It is known as a “thinking man’s course,” as many of the greens cannot be seen from the tee, adding to the challenge posed by this course. Putting surfaces are small with subtle and baffling contours, testing the expertise of the best golfers and adding to the fun for the less experienced.

The winner of this package will enjoy an exclusive opportunity two private courses. Over three days, the winner will enjoy two days of golf at the Morris County Country Club with dinner after one round, one round and lunch at the Baltrusol Golf Club. A threesome for each course is included as the winner will need to be hosted by the member of each club. All greens, carts, and caddies (if available) are included. Travel not included.

Estimated value: $3,400

Prize package donated by Langan Engineering & Environmental Services and Kevin McMahon

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Mike Carragher

One-hour remote driving experience with Boston Dynamics of their agile mobile robot Spot with up to 5 drivers

Spot is an agile mobile robot that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility, allowing you to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently. Inspect progress on construction sites, create digital twins, and compare as-built conditions to Building Information Modeling (BIM) autonomously with Spot.

Remote driving experience can be done virtually anywhere in the world!

Estimated Value: $600

Prize package donated by Boston Dynamics

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Tony Bartolomeo

NINE Subscriptions to Autodesk Annual AEC Collection

Autodesk’s broad portfolio of products and services enables our customers to foster innovation, optimize and improve their designs, save time and money, improve quality, communicate plans, and collaborate with others.

Autodesk’s software for architecture, engineering, and construction improves the way buildings, factories, and infrastructure are designed, built, and used.

Estimated value: $28,000

Prize package donated by Autodesk

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Kenny Smith

Deep South Louisiana – Gulf Of Mexico Saltwater Fishing Trip for 4

This package includes overnight accommodations at the “Four C’s Coastal Cottage”, (private fishing camp of Kenny and Sheri Smith) located in CoCodrie, LA, a full day fishing trip with Capt. Kenny aboard his 42’ super Center Console “Play-n-Hooky” chasing speckle trout, red fish, Red & Gray snapper, Cobia, and whatever else the gulf of Mexico might offer up. Travel not included.

Estimate Value: $2,500

Prize package donated by Kenny Smith

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Jason Matson

Round of Golf in Naples, FL on a Tom Fazio Designed Golf Course at The Club at Mediterra

Enjoy a grand golf experience visually inspired by a Mediterranean countryside charm on, not one but, two challenging 18-hole courses designed by one of the game’s greatest. Both the North and South courses were designed by Tom Fazio, known as the ‘master of environmentally-sensitive golf course designs’ earning Mediterra the distinction of the world’s first 36-hole golf facility to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary.

Golf enthusiasts and the golf curious will find Mediterra’s two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses as playable as they are beautiful. As the courses weave their way along nature preserves, lakes and wetlands, golfers will appreciate the distinctive design characteristics of each course that test every part of the game. And with only 450 members, tee times are abundant.

Each course is meticulously cared-for, preserved and maintained as evidenced by a recent transformation including revitalized bunkers, restored greens and a re-grassing to Platinum Paspalum.

Travel not included. A threesome for is included as the winner will need to be hosted by the member of the club.

Special Note: The 2022 DPC meeting scheduled in February is in Naples 4 miles away!

Estimated Value: $1,100

All greens, carts, and caddies (if available) are included.

Prize package donated by Kevin McMahon

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Mindy Toole

Stock the Wine Cellar – A Collection of Cabernets, Pinot Noir’s with Waterford Tasting Glasses

Stock your wine fridge with SIX bottles from the California Wine Region. Share your love for fine wines with a set of six Elegance Wine Tasting Glasses  from Waterford and create the ultimate tasting experience.

Bottles in the collection include:

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

 

Estimated Value: $750

Prize package donated by Edwin Friedrichs

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Gilbert Hantzsch

Scotch Around the World

A Scotch lovers dream of Japanese Whiskey and Single Malt Whiskey. Enjoy this collection with a set of Waterford Lismore Connoisseur whiskey glasses.

Japanese Whisky 

The Shin Collection 

Japanese whisky has become world renowned over the years. Unfortunately, this fame has brought the rules of supply and demand into play and Japanese whisky has become very expensive and difficult to find. ACEC is happy to bring this trio of Japanese whisky.

“The Shin Malt Whisky is crafted by Mr. Ken Usami, the master blender of Shinobu Distillery who selected finest malt whiskies and finished them in casks made of Japanese Oak, Mizunara Wood. “Shin” stands for “Integrity”, one of the core principles of Samurai tradition. (ref:  shingroup.com).

One bottle of The Shin Japanese Malt Whisky
One bottle of  The Shin Japanese Malt Whisky 10 year
One botte of The Shin Japanese Malt Whisky 15 year

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

“Tour the Regions” 

There are five whisky regions in Scottland:  Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland, and Speyside. The following set provides an award winning bottle of Single Malt Scotch from each of the regions.

One bottle: Campbeltown: Glen Scotia Double Cask
One bottle: Highland: Lock Lomond 12 Year
One bottle: Islay: Ardbeg Uigeadail
One bottle: Lowland: Bladnoch 19 Year
One bottle: Speyside: The  Glenallachie 10 Year

Estimated Value: $600

Prize package donated by Gary Raba and Kurt Yoshii

Congratulations to the lucky winner: Robin Greenleaf

The Two Pappys & Monte Cristo Cigars

Get your hands on two of the most sought after whiskey bottles around and a box of Monte Cristo #2’s!

This package includes:

One bottle of Old Rip Van Winke 10 Year – 107 Proof
One bottle of Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year – 90.4 Proof
One box of Monte Cristo #2’s
One Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Whiskey Tumblers

Estimated Value: $800

Prize package donated by Gary Raba and Mitch Simpler

Congratulations to the lucky winner: John Rathke