David S. Slick, P.E., F.ASCE, a consulting engineer who draws from nearly 40 years of project management, construction, and engineering experience, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Slick is a partner with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and has been with the firm since 2000, starting as its first member at the Washington, DC, office. He is currently focused in the field of building technology, with a concentration on design, construction, and rehabilitation pertaining to building waterproofing, watertightness, moisture, components, and materials. He has worked on numerous high-profile projects for public and private clients, including museums, libraries, schools, and a wide range of civic, institutional, and commercial buildings and structures, and has been designated as a testifying expert for many dispute resolution cases. Over the years, he has served in the capacity of owner’s representative, contractor, and consulting engineer.
Slick has been a member of ASCE since 1978. Early in his career, he worked as a researcher to advance the use of emerging highway deicing technology. He developed testing protocol and performed some of the early Federal Highway Administration–sponsored research pertaining to the use of calcium magnesium acetate as an alternative deicing chemical, specifically highlighting its less harmful effects on pavement types and motor vehicle components. Slick also served for nearly a decade as a civilian working on projects for the United States Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. With a secret security clearance, he has worked on programs both to support troop safety in battle and to enhance the development and effectiveness of advanced weaponry.
He has found time to give back to the engineering community by sharing his project management skills through teaching assignments at Johns Hopkins University. He has also presented interesting and timely civil engineering topics at national and international conferences, and has authored both national and international publications. In addition, he has served as past president, trustee, and leader for several religious and private organizations and is a member in good standing of several philanthropic organizations.
Slick earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College, is a registered professional engineer in 16 states, and is also a Certified Facility Manager (International Facility Management Association).