Brian Funkhouser, PE, president and CEO of architecture and engineering firm Buchart Horn, has been honored with the Alumni Fellow Award by the Penn State Alumni Association. The award was presented in recognition of Funkhouser’s professional accomplishments and is the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
“This is clearly the greatest honor that I have ever received,” Funkhouser said in his acceptance speech during the university’s award ceremony. “The education I received at two of Penn State’s campuses made it possible for me to obtain a career I thoroughly enjoy, a career that has kept me at the same company for 35 years.”
Funkhouser has served as president and CEO of Buchart Horn for the past seven years. The firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the top 400 engineering and design firms in the U.S. Funkhouser is noted for keeping the company thriving through the economic downturn. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Funkhouser was executive vice president and chief operating officer of PACE Resources, Buchart Horn’s parent company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in water resources engineering and an associate degree in surveying from Penn State University.
Since the award was established 42 years ago, more than 750 alumni — out of more than 645,000 living alumni — have been honored as Alumni Fellows, including this year’s group. As an award recipient, Funkhouser (class of 1980) also accepted an invitation from University President Dr. Eric Barron, to return to campus to share his expertise with students, faculty and administrators.
“The founder of Buchart Horn, Russell E. Horn, Sr., (class of 1933) was also a Penn State Alumni Fellow Award recipient,” Funkhouser says. “I am proud to have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps, and I know he is smiling.”
About Buchart Horn
Buchart Horn Inc. is a full-service, international engineering and architectural firm with 15 offices throughout the eastern U.S. and Western Europe. As one of the first professional consulting companies to combine engineering and architecture under one roof, Buchart Horn’s professional services focus on water resources, architecture and transportation. Clients range from local, county, state and federal governments to large and small private sector clients.