William G. Kriesel, P.E., F.ASCE, a bridge and building structural engineer with 56 years of experience designing precast prestressed concrete throughout the Midwest, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Kriesel is currently an executive (VP engineering) and major shareholder with Masolite, LLC and Precast Specialties, LLC in Fort Wayne, IN. His history includes research and development as well as the design of many significant precast prestressed concrete structures. In the early 1960s he was instrumental in the development of INDOT prestressed I-Beam standards, including the extended length design at the time, using type IV and type V I-Beam up to 100 feet. He also designed the first all-precast parking structure in Indiana, which led to precast garages being the norm, rather than cast-in-place, on steel garages. In addition, he was involved in assisting the Corps of Engineers in the development of long-span precast pretensioned and posttensioned girders on numerous Ohio River locks and dam projects.
He has been very active in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), having served on the board of directors and Technical Activities Committee, and co-founding the Education Committee. Kriesel is credited with being a co-founder of the Central Region PCI and is a past president. He also spent 40 years in the concrete masonry industry, and is a leader in this industry for the state of Indiana.
Kriesel has been a member of ASCE since 1962, and served as president of the Central Branch in Indiana. He was awarded the Gold Star by the NE Indiana Building Contractors Association, of which he is a past president. He is a Fellow of PCI and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Purdue University School of Engineering. Throughout his career he has mentored many young civil engineers.
He is currently a registered engineer in the state of Indiana, but was previously licensed in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Michigan. He received both his bachelor degree and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.