ASCE has honored Jeffrey S. Gagnon, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 James Laurie Prize for his contribution to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in the design, construction, and management of airport pavements, which has led to more efficient use of Airport Improvement Program funds to maximize the return from taxpayers’ dollars.
Gagnon’s work on the airport pavement management is at the forefront and cutting edge of research. Under his leadership and technical guidance, a team of Federal Aviation Administration staff, consultants, and universities collaborate to perform the research and development behind the FAA’s pavement-related advisory circulars and computer programs. A current example of his efforts is the Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation Advisory Circular update that will soon be released. These references and tools are used by civil engineers throughout the world.
In his role as manager of the FAA’s Pavement Research Section, Gagnon has played a key role in providing the information needed to engineer the airports of today and the future. As a result, his technical advice is widely sought and he travels the world participating in workshops and conferences and sharing the latest research results.
He is also an active member of ASCE, and has helped to organize the 2017 Pavements and Airport Technology Specialty Conference, serving as a steering committee member.
The James Laurie Prize recognizes contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering in research, planning, design, or construction.