2024 ACEC Nebraska Young Professional of the Year: Josh Wilson


Josh Wilson Breaks The Mold

OMAHA, NE — Josh Wilson, P.E., has been selected as the winner of the 2024 American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska (ACEC NE) Young Professional of the Year award! The award recognizes the accomplishments of engineers working in Nebraska under the age of 35 who have contributed to the engineering profession in the state and have made a positive community impact both within and outside of their firm. Josh is the first professional from the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) consulting-engineering profession to win the award in a decade and the first professional in firm history to earn the prestigious honor.

Jeanne McClure, the Executive Director of ACEC NE, announced Josh as the winner in a surprise visit to Alvine Engineering’s Omaha office on February 1st.

“What won the judges and I over was the story of how [Josh] got started in engineering,” Jeanne explained, “What touched our hearts was Josh’s work ethic and the special skills he brings to projects. The way he’s been able to help build the business and create great opportunities for Alvine Engineering and help out his local community spoke to us.”

Josh, an electrical engineer and project manager, has been with the firm for over nine years. The story that Jeanne referred to was Josh’s inspiration to become an engineer: his uncle. A construction surveyor in remote Alaska, Josh fondly remembers stories of his uncle assisting local communities by providing a means of reliable transportation through road infrastructure.


A Young Professional…and A Helping Hand 

Josh graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a Master of Architectural Engineering and started out as an electrical designer. Josh’s professional career highlights include being an instrumental part of maintaining our firm’s longstanding relationship with the Omaha Airport Authority (OAA). Josh’s involvement with critical infrastructure makes him an invaluable asset to the OAA. His skillset involving municipal airfield lighting make him a unique addition to projects within the aviation market sector.

“Being recognized for the award was truly an honor,” Josh explained, “To be named the Young Professional of the Year is surreal considering the incredible young talent in the industry. It is exciting to be recognized by an organization that takes such an impactful role in the industry and our local communities.”

Outside of office hours, Josh enjoys being immersed within his community. Josh works closely with the University of Nebraska’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering to help mentor and guide design students in competitions and extracurricular school activities. Josh is an honorary 6-gallon platelet donor with the American Red Cross and also serves as Council Vice President at his local church.

“I love that I am in a position to give back to the organizations and communities where I live and work. Growing up in a small town, I quickly learned the value of helping around the community and being involved. Right now, I have the ability to use my talents in a way that benefits my community, all the while hopefully inspiring the next generation of engineers to do the same.” – Josh Wilson

An Omaha-based engineering firm, Alvine and Associates has offices and locations in Lincoln, Nebraska; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1961, the firm provides building systems and technology consulting and design engineering services through its two brands: Alvine Engineering and IP Design Group. While continuing to serve its local markets in the Midwest region, the firm has expanded to work in nearly every state.