Rabeler Recognized with ACEC Leadership Award


Rabeler Recognized with ACEC Leadership Award

Respected by many for his professional expertise and community leadership, Robert C. Rabeler, PE, has been awarded ACEC Michigan’s 2017 Vernon B. Spalding Leadership Award.

This prestigious award recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly to the engineering profession through their leadership role in ACEC, professional societies, academic, and community service organizations. The winner is someone who is perceived as a leader by the profession and the community and demonstrate, through their civic involvement, how the quality of life in their community has been enhanced.

Bob is a Senior Vice President and Principal at SME with 40 years of experience on major projects throughout the Midwest. He is an expert in underground corrosion evaluation with corrosion experience in nine states and several foreign countries. He has served as Project Manager on more than 150 MDOT projects, including many of MDOT’s highest profile projects such as: US-131 “S” curve and the I-196 Bridge Widening project in downtown Grand Rapids, several projects related to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the I-94 Riverside project in Battle Creek, the I-75 Goddard project, the I-75 Design/Build project in Oakland County, and the I-94 Cass and 2nd Street Bridge projects.

Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer in six states, and a master’s level Geotechnical Engineer. He has been active in many professional organizations, including ASCE, statewide Vice President for MSPE, president of ACEC of Michigan, and for GBA/ASFE he was chair of the Peer Review committee and member of Board of Directors. He serves as a forensic engineer and expert witness providing evaluations or expert opinion in legal cases involving geotechnical engineering failures.

Well-respected for his professional expertise, Bob is also recognized as a leader in the communities where he has lived. Through his civic involvement, Bob has helped to improve quality of life for students, parishioners, athletes, youth, and community members at large. He has been active in several community organizations including Lansing Christian School, Messiah Lutheran Church, Lansing Youth for Christ, Good Shepard Lutheran Church, and Knights of Columbus.

Debra K. Osuch
osuch@sme-usa.com / (586) 405-3669