H. Kenneth White
Exceptional Engineer and Dedicated Advocate
Inducted in 2009
From the start of his career and throughout, H. Kenneth White, PE/PLS, has been firmly in the camp of the small engineering firm. He has concentrated his attention at both the state and national levels to the needs and interests of small engineering companies.
Beginning his career in 1971 with Goodwyn Engineering in Montgomery, he designed residential subdivisions, apartment complexes, industrial and commercial sites, and water and sewer projects. When the firm merged in 1975 with Don Mills Engineering, White gained much experience on municipal water and wastewater facilities. Then, in 1986, White formed his own engineering firm, Pilgreen and White, focusing primarily in land development. That firm was dissolved in 1998, and his current firm H. Kenneth White & Associates was established. White was soon joined by his son and his son-in-law (both civil engineers), thus establishing a second generation of family involved in civil engineering.
A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers, White has concentrated most of his efforts with the American Council of Engineering Companies, addressing key issues facing small engineering firms. He has served for many years with ACEC, not only on the state level as its past state president and national director but also on the national scene as a national vice president. He has been recognized for his achievements in 2001 by being elected to the ACEC College of Fellows.
As chairman of ACEC’s Small Firm Council, White worked to protect the interests of small engineering firms by being a diligent advocate on numerous legislative bills in the United States Congress. White is a regular participant in ACEC’s Legislative Summit each year in Washington, D.C. “The successes on key legislation make a real difference in terms of improving the business environment and business opportunities for small firms,” he said. “These legislative successes give the small firm owner greater flexibility in accommodating the special needs of their employees.”
White earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1971 from The University of Alabama and has remained active at his alma mater. A charter member of the Capstone Engineering Society and current board member, White has served as its national chairman. In 2001, White was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow by the College of Engineering. He provides continuing support to his college through the Sandra E. and H. Kenneth White Endowed Engineering Scholarship. Crimson Tide football fans can appreciate another of White’s ties to his university: White designed the site engineering for the expansion to the east upper deck of UA’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.
White and his wife, Sandra, will soon be married 40 years. They have two children, Kimberly and Kenneth, Jr., and three grandsons. They reside in Pike Road, Ala., and are active in their community, especially in their church, Montgomery’s First Baptist Church. White serves as a deacon, Bible-study teacher, and choir member. He also serves as chairman of the church’s disaster relief team and established a base camp for volunteer relief workers in Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Mississippi, following Hurricane Katrina. Volunteerism and advocacy are two of White’s lifelong hallmarks.