Bob Morrison awarded high honor from MSU College of Engineering
Morrison-Maierle President and CEO Bob Morrison was recently awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from Montana State University’s College of Engineering.
Each year, MSU, the Alumni Association, and College of Engineering solicit nominations for alumni, faculty, and staff who deserve special recognition due to their significant contributions to their profession, the College, MSU and/or their community. Bob has been selected to become a member of the MSU College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and will receive the Montana State University Alumni Achievement Award for 2016.
Here’s more from the celebration:
Robert J. Morrison, B.S. ’77, M.S. ‘78
Bob Morrison is President and CEO of Morrison-Maierle, Inc., an ENR Top 500 engineering firm in Helena, Montana. As a multi-disciplinary firm, Morrison-Maierle employs about 300 throughout its 12 offices in Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, and Washington.
Bob’s grandfather, John Morrison, Sr., along with his partner, Joe Maierle, started the company in 1945. John Sr. was the first licensed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor in Montana and is on the list of the 100 most distinguished alumni at MSU. He, and Bob’s father, John Jr., a former company president, were awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from MSU.
After completing his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1978, Bob worked for CH2M in Boise, Dallas, and Denver. He began at Morrison-Maierle as a senior project manager and operations manager in their new Great Falls office in 1991. In 1998, he became the company’s Chief Engineer and in 2006 was named the firm’s seventh President and CEO.
Bob specializes in process design for water, wastewater, pumping, pipeline, and sludge handling facilities. In 2006, he was awarded the George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association’s Montana Section, the highest award an engineer can attain in the field of water and wastewater in Montana.
MSU has been a large part of Bob’s life since the very beginning. He remembers cheering on the ‘Cats as a five-year-old. As a student, Bob was a member of two engineering honor societies and hereceived the Civil Engineering Outstanding Student Award in 1977. As an alum, he has been is a member of the Alumni Association, the Bobcat Club, and an external advisor in the civil engineering department. He currently serves on the MSU Alumni Foundation’s Board of Governors. Locally, Bob has held director positions at the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Montana Community Finance Corporation, and the Montana Section and national organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Bob’s wife of 40 years, Kathy, is a Carroll College nursing program graduate. They are proud parents of two sons: Paul, a physical therapist in Salt Lake City, and David, owner of a landscape design and construction firm in Bozeman. They are even prouder grandparents of Hadley, Natalee, and Elle.