Michael Flowers, a civil engineering graduate, was one of five alumni inducted into WVU’s Distinguished Alumni Academy.
Flowers, the former president and chief executive officer of American Bridge Company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began his career in 1975 while conducting repairs and maintenance on the steel making facilities for American Bridge’s parent company, United States Steel Corporation. Working from the ground up, he was later assigned to a business unit responsible for major commercial construction projects in the United States including high-rise buildings and bridges.
His résumé of projects stems from the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, to One Mellon Bank Center, PPG Place and the Fifth Avenue Place in Pittsburgh, among others. In 1986, Flowers joined the Mellon Stuart Company in their commercial building division as vice president, working on the major bridge and heavy and highway projects centered primarily in Pennsylvania and Illinois. In 1994, he returned to American Bridge as senior vice president of operations. His projects moved internationally as he oversaw major bridge construction in Portugal, and Vancouver, British Columbia. He assumed the role of CEO with the company in 2011.