ASCE has honored Chris A. Gwaltney, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award for exemplary contributions to the status of the engineering profession, outstanding civil engineering accomplishments, and dedication to ethical practice.
Gwaltney’s contributions to the civil engineering profession are indicated, first, by his current position as chair and professor of practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. He was the first civil engineering faculty member in the CEE Department for the University where he developed the CEE curriculum, and for which he prepared the first ABET accreditation for the program. His tenure as an engineering professor, along with his dedication to ethical practice through service on the Indiana AE Board, also demonstrate his exemplary contributions to the status of the engineering profession.
Not only is he dedicated in his work ethic in the civil profession, but he also demonstrates a keen commitment to motivating and inspiring students through his role as a faculty advisor at Lipscomb since 2011. In this position, he established the University’s student ASCE chapter. He has also served on the Board of the ASCE Nashville Branch and is a recipient of the ASCE Tennessee Section Peter G. Hoadley Award for Outstanding Educator.
Other outstanding engineering accomplishments for Gwaltney include being actively involved in multiple engineering mission projects in South America, such as pedestrian bridge design projects and geotechnical investigations in Guatemala and Honduras. He has also provided sustainability presentations on bridge management systems at several conferences. He is a registered PE in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award is presented to a member, except an Honorary Member, of the Society who is judged to have contributed substantially to the status of the engineering profession by establishing a reputation for professional service.