Jerry A. Cannon, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, a structural/civil engineer with 40-plus years of bridge-design experience, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Cannon’s career path has given him valuable insight into making the conceptual design decisions that are crucial in the preliminary and final design of a project. In 1979 he started the consulting firm of Cannon & Associates, and under his direction the firm earned numerous design awards and gained a national reputation for delivering top-quality engineering services. When he merged Cannon with a national transportation engineering firm in 2001, he continued to serve as principal and vice president of the Tucson, AZ, office. Then, early in 2012, he decided to focus his efforts and expertise on bridge rehabilitation projects, forming Cannon Consultants LLC.
His most important bridge project was the design of the new Navajo Bridge, which spans the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. This project, according to Mary E. Peters, who served as Arizona Department of Transportation director and later as an administrator with the Federal Highway Administration and as Secretary of Transportation, was “a project that some thought impossible to successfully deliver.” The new Navajo Bridge was dedicated in 1995 and won the FHA’s 1996 Award of Excellence.
Cannon has been an ASCE member serving on the ACI/ASCE Committee 343 for Bridge Structures and Structural Engineers / ASCE Manpower Training program, in San Francisco. He has taught classes on engineering structures at the University of Arizona in Tucson and recently authored Images of America: Arizona’s Historic Bridges, published by Arcadia Publishing. He is currently working on a book to tell the story of the new Navajo Bridge project, and of designing bridges.
He is a graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical College and Arizona State University, and is a registered professional civil and structural engineer in Arizona and California.