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John Hull: Toledo Engineer of the Year

John Hull

John Hull, BSCE ’75, has been named the 2010 City of Toledo Engineer of the Year.

Presented by the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers and the Technical Society of Toledo, the award recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of Hull, a leader in environmental engineering.

A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Hull received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern before receiving a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.

He returned to Ohio to take a position with Jones & Henry Engineers Ltd. in Toledo, became a licensed engineer, and then established Hull Consulting. In 1987, Hull Consulting became Hull & Associates Inc. and grew to include offices in Toledo, Bedford, Dublin, and Mason, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind., and Pittsburg and Philadelphia, Pa.

Hull served as president of Hull & Associates for more than 20 years and is the current chairman. Today, Hull & Associates has approximately 170 employees working throughout the U.S.

Dr. Eric Baumgartner, dean of the Smull College of Engineering said, “The faculty, students and alumni congratulate John Hull on this outstanding recognition. As an engineer, entrepreneur and educator, John has been a strong supporter of the college’s programs and our ONU engineering graduates. It is wonderful to see John receive this award, and we look forward to our future collaborations with John and his company, Hull & Associates, as well as John’s continued involvement with our engineering students.”

Hull is licensed as a registered professional engineer in 13 states and is recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers as a board-certified environmental engineer.

In addition to his professional work in landfill, water resources, sediment remediation and brownfield redevelopment, Hull has taught soils, geology and foundation engineering at Ohio Northern; water resources and the seminar capstone design projects at the University of Toledo; and the life-cycle economic feasibility of green roof designs at the University of Michigan as an adjunct faculty member.

Professionally, he has consulted on projects throughout the U.S. and has worked in Canada, the UK and Norway.

In addition to consulting, Hull has participated in the development of new technical approaches to engineering problems and received patents for several commercially successful products and technologies.

He has served for more than 14 years as vice-chairman of the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Fund and has chaired a blue-ribbon panel of experts appointed to assist the Lake Erie Commission in planning to minimize the impact development has on water quality in the Lake Erie Basin.

The panel’s work has been adopted by the commission and is considered a model for land use regulation in Ohio. The plan was recognized last year by the U.S. EPA as an innovative approach to stewardship and a model for other states. Hull continues to serve on the follow-up advisory committee to review watershed plans.

Hull is also active in his community. He and his wife, Johanna, are the parents of two daughters and reside in Ottawa Hills near Toledo.