Dr. Bruce W. Ramme, Vice President of Environmental for WEC Energy Group, was selected as the sixth recipient of the American Coal Ash Association Champion Award. He accepted the award at ACAA’s 2018 Fall Meeting, held October 2-3 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans.

Dr. Ramme joined We Energies in 1980 as a civil engineer in the transmission engineering division. Subsequent assignments found him involved in civil engineering design and project management, power plant leadership roles, and environmental responsibilities that included coal combustion product management. He was named an ACI Fellow in 2005 and has received many other awards and honors, including several engineer-of-the-year awards. Dr. Ramme is the author of numerous papers on concrete and fly ash, as well as a comprehensive handbook on coal combustion product utilization. He holds more than a dozen patents on CCP management and use.

ACAA established the Champion Award in 2012 to recognize extraordinary contributions to the beneficial use of coal combustion products. Dr. Ramme was selected by outgoing ACAA Chairman Charles Price, who praised him for his decades of service in developing innovative beneficial use strategies. The recipient is selected exclusively by the Chair of the ACAA Board of Directors and is known only to the Chair until the moment the presentation is made. The recipient may be an individual or individuals; an institution—private or public; or a member of the ACAA or non-member, living or deceased.

ACAA Champion Award Honorees

2012 – John Ward, ACAA Government Relations Committee Chairman
2013 – David Goss, former ACAA Executive Director
2014 – U.S. Representative David B. McKinley
2015 – USDA Agricultural Research Service
2017 – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
2018 – Bruce W. Ramme, WEC Energies Group