Robert L. Bowen, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE

Robert L. Bowen, P.E., Dist. M.ASCE, received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.  He has distinguished himself in the construction industry as the founder and chairman of Indianapolis-based Bowen Engineering Corporation. The multi-market company specializes in water and wastewater treatment plants and energy utility construction, covering 15 states throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States. Bowen is considered an authority on preplanning and leadership practices in construction. He is also founder and instructor for the Associated General Contractors Project Manager Institute.

In 1997, Robert and his wife, Terry, established the Bowen Foundation, which provides scholarships to minority students in Indianapolis to help them pursue an education past high school. About 300 students have received scholarships through the Bowen Foundation. In October 2009, Bob was inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame.

In October 2010, he became a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and in March 2012, he received the ASCE OPAL Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Construction.

Bowen became a member of the ASCE Foundation’s Founder Society with his generous philanthropic gift in 2019. 

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