John S. Olsson Receives Durham Award

February 18, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 18, 2020) – John S. Olsson, executive vice president for consulting services at Olsson, is this year’s recipient of the Charles Durham Achievement Award presented annually by ACEC Nebraska.

The award honors a person who exhibits Charles Durham’s leadership in the engineering profession and his community stewardship through civic involvement. Durham was an innovative engineering executive and is a former CEO of HDR.

As EVP for consulting services, Olsson works with teams throughout the firm to identity and prioritize large public sector clients and projects and works with Olsson’s practice leaders to enhance the firm’s standing at the municipal and state level.

Olsson has served in several leadership roles since he joined the firm in 1989. He was named leader of the Civil Municipal team in 2001, became the firm’s Lincoln office leader in 2007 and two years later was selected to serve on the first firmwide operations team.

Olsson exemplifies the firm’s community focused values through his involvement in various nonprofit and civic organizations. He served as president for the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers and was a past director for ACEC Nebraska.

In 2015, Olsson helped establish the Olsson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation that supports education, communities and the environment.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Olsson is the son of the firm’s founder, John E. Olsson.

Olsson is a nationally recognized engineering firm made up of people who craft expert solutions and designs that improve communities. The firm offers design and consulting services in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental and technology. For more information, go to