2011 Distinguished achievement award: Michael Duckett

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michael-duckett-100pxWMichael R. Duckett
Duckett Group, Inc.
BSCEE ’74, MSCEE ’75
Brookfield, Wisconsin

As executive director for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, Michael Duckett has transformed his boyhood passions for his community and athletics into his livelihood: He managed the planning, design and construction of Miller Park, the state-of-the-art Milwaukee Brewers baseball stadium. Now, he represents the public’s interest in the ballpark and oversees its operation, capital repairs and improvements.

Duckett’s passion for his community came from his mother’s family — residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, for several generations — while his athletic inspiration came from his father, a high school teacher, administrator and basketball coach. As a boy, Duckett attended the basketball team’s practices and learned the value of effort and teamwork. Now, he is known for his hard-working, collaborative approach — skills that have enabled him to be part of many successful projects and activities.

He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering in 1974 and 1975, respectively, and is a licensed professional engineer and registered land surveyor. Duckett began his professional career as a project supervisor with Jahnke & Jahnke Associates of Waukesha and moved to HNTB Corp. in 1983. As a vice president at HNTB, he managed the company’s Milwaukee surface transportation group and its Minneapolis office.

He became executive director of the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District in 1996 and founded the Duckett Group of Brookfield, Wisconsin, in 2001. The Duckett Group has provided engineering and management services for numerous projects, including the Lambeau Field renovation and the Marquette Interchange reconstruction, and for construction of the Acuity Insurance corporate headquarters, the Minnesota Twins Target Field, and the Summerfest festival grounds in Milwaukee.

Duckett is a member of the Miller Park Community Program board of directors, which provides scholarships for minority and female students interested in careers engineering or construction. He chairs the Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy governing board and serves on the boards of the Waukesha County Community Foundation and Acuity Insurance. He also is a member of the UW-Madison civil and environmental engineering visiting committee.

Duckett and his wife, Jill, live in Brookfield. Their oldest daughter, Megan, is a UW-Madison alumna now enrolled in veterinary school. Daughter Brooke and son Luke attend UW-Milwaukee and UW-Eau Claire, respectively. The family continues to enjoy Duckett’s boyhood passions for community and participation in athletic activities.