Benjamin A. Lilly, PE
Vice President / Director of International Federal Programs
Ben began his career with the firm in 1994 as a junior civil engineer, and a series of promotions led him to become the department’s director. After doubling the size of the civil department, Ben was promoted to Director of Embassy Programs in 2009. Since then, Ben has managed engineering services for over $4 billion in international construction projects for government clients.
He has traveled to over 31 different countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia where he has personally worked on and managed the engineering design for high profile, mission critical projects. Under Ben’s supervision, the firm provided the engineering design for the first LEED Gold and LEED Platinum U.S. embassy projects, won the ACEC Virginia 2015 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for design of the Innovation Center in Helsinki, Finland, and won the ACEC Virginia 2014 Engineering Excellence Pinnacle Award for design of the U.S. embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.
Ben embraces the mission of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) within the U.S. Department of State to build safe and secure platforms of diplomacy around the globe. He believes that the success of the embassy program at OBO is rooted in the company's commitment to supporting this mission.
Ben graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He serves as the current president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and is an Eagle Scout.