The award, the society’s highest honor, is given to an individual who has demonstrated engineering excellence and advanced the engineering profession throughout his/her career.
For over 40 years, Riggs has served as a role model through his dedication to Pare Corporation, service to the community, and commitment to the engineering profession. He has extensive experience in the management, engineering design, and construction oversight of a wide variety of civil, structural, environmental, and transportation-related projects.
He was a founding member and director of Rhode Island Consulting Engineers (RICE), a professional engineering association to promote the art and science of engineering, advance fair and intelligent legislation, and improve the overall business environment for engineering companies.
During his tenure as chairman of the board of directors for Crossroads Rhode Island, Riggs presided over the reorganization and consolidation of services that included expanding medical, dental, and in-house job training assistance programs to the growing homeless population of Rhode Island.
Riggs is a current member of the board of directors for the Economic Development Foundation of R.I. He is also a member of the R.I. Chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Providence Engineering Society.