Courtney Beamon, an alumna of the Virginia Tech Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2013 College of Engineering's Distinguished Service Award.

Beamon, of Midlothian, Va., is the president of Delta Airport Consultants, a privately-held specialty firm founded in 1978 that practices exclusively in the aviation industry and provides a wide range of services to airport clients across the United States. In addition to its headquarters in Richmond, Va., Delta has seven additional locations in North Carolina, Arkansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and New Mexico.

Beamon received her bachelor's degree in 1995, and her master's degree, also in civil engineering, in 1996.

As a student at Virginia Tech, she served as editor-in-chief of the Bugle, the university's yearbook for two consecutive years. She was a member of Delta Gamma women's fraternity.  She worked on the college's mentoring program and the Student Government Association. She was active with the student chapters of the Intelligent Transportation Systems of America, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers, holding numerous officer positions.

She joined Delta Airport Consultants upon graduation in 1996, starting as a project designer and project planner. She was continually promoted. Immediately after she obtained her MBA in 2007 from Virginia Commonwealth University, she was named the company's chief financial officer. In 2012 she became president.

Beamon has a pilot's license and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. She served as a past chair of the Airport Consultants Council. She also holds her license as a Professional Engineer.

Since graduating from Virginia Tech, she has served on both the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering Advisory Boards. On the College Board, Beamon served as chair during the 2012-13 academic year. She remains instrumental in her service on the College of Engineering's legislative committee.

She and her husband, Spencer Waddell, have three children: Spencer, Hunter, and Tucker.