ASCE has honored Douglas J. Goering, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering, for his contributions to cold regions engineering through research, teaching, and academic leadership in the fields of mechanical engineering, arctic engineering, roadway embankment design, permafrost heat transfer, extreme environment automotive research, and service to the profession.
Goering has served as dean of the College of Engineering and Mines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for over 10 years. As a faculty researcher, he created novel designs for cold region road embankments, developed methods to evaluate automotive performance in extreme environments, and modeled permafrost heat transfer for numerous Arctic and Subarctic applications. As a teacher, he impacted Alaska’s next generation of engineering students through his classes on Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Aerospace Design, and numerous other subjects. As dean, he oversaw an explosion of interest in the field of engineering that doubled the enrollment of Alaskan students into the college.
Goering is a native of Fairbanks, and has devoted his entire working life to developing not only the designs, but also the designers of ideas that will shape our lives in the North for decades to come.
The Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering is presented to a member of the Society who has made outstanding contributions to cold region engineering or to a basic understanding of cold environments, including dissemination of knowledge of cold climates technology, through publishing innovative technical or research papers.