Keller Receives Dual ASCE Lifetime Achievement Awards

ASCE Louisiana Section Board Member, Tonja Kobb presents the New Orleans Branch Lifetime Achievement Award to Deborah Keller.

Deborah Keller, CEO of Deborah D. Keller & Partners, LLC was recently recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Keller was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by both the ASCE New Orleans Branch and ASCE Louisiana Section for over 35 years of practice within civil engineering.

Before opening her own Louisiana licensed engineering company, Keller had a 27-year career at the Port of New Orleans where she successfully executed approximately $1 billion in port construction projects. As Director of the Port Development Division and Chief Engineer at the Port of New Orleans, Keller was responsible for a staff of nearly 100 port employees when she retired in 2014.

The American Society of Civil Engineers Louisiana Section has been fulfilling its mission to assist in the advancement of civil engineering and serve the public good for over 100 years. Annually, the organization of over 2000 members, selects professionals from within their field who are exemplary both professionally and in service to their community.

Keller has an extensive background of service to several non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Keller is currently severing as the 2017-2018 Chair of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF,) a board member of the Nunez Community College Foundation, a and board member of the University of New Orleans, College of Engineering. Keller was also recognized by New Orleans City Business as Woman of the Year in 2001.

“SBEDF is incredibly fortunate to have Deborah Keller as our Chair of the Board of Directors,” said Andrew Jacques, Executive Director of SBEDF. “These recognitions further validate Deborah’s tremendous career and impact on our community.”

About the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in 1914 and has since been in continuous operation. The Section consists of the entire state of Louisiana and it is divided into four branches that directly serve its almost 2000 members. They are the Acadiana Branch centered in Lafayette, the Baton Rouge Branch, the New Orleans Branch and the Shreveport Branch. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.

 About St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation

St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to retain and create jobs, build prosperity, and improve the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish. The Board of Directors consist of 28 voting members and 8 non-voting honorary members and public officials, all of which serve as volunteers to the organization. SBEDF’s work is made possible through the general support of its investors, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, Cox Communications, Chalmette Refining, Valero, and Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company at the Impact Champion Level, Atmos Energy, the Law Offices of Sidney Torres, III and Associated Terminals at the Pillars Level, and Palmisano Group, Park Investments and Boasso America at the Community Leaders Level.