Lovell Awarded Prestigious Toulmin Medal

KevinLovell_ToulminMedal.jpgKevin Lovell, a senior project manager with Stanley Consultants, has been awarded the 2017 Toulmin Medal for his article, “Delivering Value to the Nation,” published in The Military Engineer. The medal is awarded annually to a Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) member whose article contributed to the knowledge of military engineering or national security and publicizes and preserves the accomplishments of engineers in their missions throughout the world.  Lovell received the medal last night at the SAME 2017 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio.  

Only two Toulmin Medals are awarded each year.  The recipients are chosen by a panel of judges based on overall quality of the article, use of real life scenarios, sound approaches to solving problems and information to address the impact of the method and system to users in the years ahead.

Lovell’s article, which ran in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, describes the innovative project management processes used to find success with two complex civil works projects rife with regulatory and environmental challenges.  The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Electric Barrier is a critical component in reducing the risk of transfer of Asian Carp from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes while facilitating commercial transportation on the canal.  Just north of the canal in Chicago’s western suburbs, the McCook Reservoir connects to a system designed to address historical flooding in the area.  When completed, the reservoir will hold up to 10 billion gallons of combined sewer overflow produced during area heavy rain events and prevent $100 million in damages annually.  Lovell played a role in the execution of the complicated multidecade programs, serving as a primary spokesperson to national and elected leaders on these nationally strategic initiatives.

He authored the article while serving as the Chicago District Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  In August 2016, he retired from a distinguished 21-year career with the USACE and joined Stanley Consultants, a global consulting engineering firm.  His focus is on project and program management for U.S. and foreign government clients worldwide. 


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