EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

The Waugh Award

Dennis Waugh

In 2019, the Waugh Award was established to honor our co-founder, Dennis Waugh.

Denny, as many people know him, retired in 2018 after 37 years with the company. His vision and the efforts he took to make Origin Design (founded as IIW Associates P.C.) what it is today are at the heart of this award.

Named in honor of Denny, the Waugh Award recognizes an Origin Design employee that supports and furthers our Mission-Vision-Values. One award is granted annually and is based on the current year’s performance for the individual nominated.

A few of Denny's Traits

  • Passion
  • Generosity
  • Practical judgement
  • Helping others to improve
  • Generosity
  • Leading by example
  • Company ambassador
I have a great deal of confidence in this next generation of employee owners, and I’m very enthused about their capabilities and dedication to the same mission as its founders. We do not want that to change.

Dennis Waugh Co-Founder

Our employees are what make us - US. The Waugh Award is a remarkable way to recognize their efforts, while also paying tribute to our co-founder, Denny.

2023 Waugh Award Winner

Waugh Award Winner - Emily Crowe, PE, SE

Emily Crowe, PE, SE

Structural Engineer

It is a tremendous honor to be the fifth recipient of the Waugh Award. Denny’s legacy lives on through Origin Design’s Mission, Vision and Values, as well as through the people who were fortunate enough to work with him. We have welcomed many new people to Origin since Denny’s retirement—I want to embody Denny’s most admired traits to pass them on. My most notable accomplishment from last year was co-starting our formal Mentor Program. The program grew from a desire to foster these celebrated traits of Denny’s, that I believe live in all of us and are truly the soul of the company.

Emily Crowe, PE, SE 2023 Waugh Award Winner

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Waugh Award Past Winners

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