Benny Louie, P.E., F.ASCE, a supervising structural engineer and project manager for WSP USA (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff) in Baltimore, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Louie has 34 years of experience in the design, inspection, rating, construction, renovation, and maintenance of tunnels, bridges, buildings, subway stations, marine facilities, and other structures. Throughout his career, he has worked on major infrastructure projects throughout the country.
He was the project manager and supervised several load ratings of the truss spans (which included the load rating of gusset plates) of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, in Baltimore, MD (2010-2015). He was also involved with the development and implementation of the Quality Control/Assurance Plan for Bridge Inspection Program for the state of Nebraska’s Department of Roads (2010-2013) and was a co-author for the publication FHWA-HEP-15-004–Task 3.2: Engineering Assessments of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures for the U.S. Department of Transportation Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2, which won the 2014 Engineering Excellence Award at the Engineer’s Club of Hampton Roads (Virginia).
As a young engineer, Louie was involved with the design and construction of the two underground stations, Shot Tower Station and Johns Hopkins Station, for the Baltimore Metro (1988-1994). He was later part of the design team for the 35-foot-high flood wall and bridges over Fort Washington Way (section of I-71 and US Route 50) in Cincinnati, OH. Still later, he served as one of the inspection team leaders for the Emergency Inspection of Fracture Critical bridges in the State of Minnesota after the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007.
Louie has been involved with ASCE since college, and active in the Maryland Section since 1995. He serves as a member of both the Structural Engineering Institute and the History & Heritage Committee. He is also a member of the Maryland Association of Engineers and the Chi Epsilon Honor Society.
His engineering achievements and recognitions include obtaining a WSP Technical Fellow certification for Structural Design and Inspection and a WSP Project Manager certification. A professional engineer since 1988, he is currently registered in six states. He is a certified NHI Bridge Inspector as well, and a certified NHI Tunnel Inspector since 2014.
Louie received his BSCE in 1983 from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.S. in civil engineering in 1986 from the Johns Hopkins University’s G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering.