John E. Durrant, P.E., F.ASCE, is ASCE’s senior managing director for Engineering and Lifelong Learning. Previously he was ASCE’s managing director of Engineering Programs, where he worked on the creation of ASCE’s 8 specialty institutes and supervised ASCE’s technical activities, codes and standards, and specialty certification programs. Heavily involved in disaster response, Durrant was a staff member on ASCE’s Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel, which published a 2007 report entitled The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: What Went Wrong and Why. The report offered an assessment of why the city’s hurricane protection system failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 while also discussing what lessons were learned, what errors were made, and what fixes needed to be applied to prevent another event from occurring again in the U.S. In a follow-up to that report, Durrant was a key staff member on ASCE’s Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices, charged in 2012 to investigate whether the lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina had been incorporated in the planning, design, construction, and management of water engineering resource projects in the U.S. In May, the Committee published their findings, Flood Risk Management: Call for a National Strategy. Prior to joining ASCE, Durrant was the head of the City of Philadelphia Water Department’s Materials Engineering Laboratory, where he developed a Laboratory Information Management System, added a vendor surveillance program, improved their failure analysis services, and programed a new central laboratory facility. A member of the ASCE Board of Direction (1989-1992), Durrant has served as president and Board of Direction member of the ASCE Philadelphia Section, and chair of ASCE’s Materials Engineering Division Executive Committee. A recipient of ASCE’s Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, he was also honored with the Philadelphia Section’s Engineering Manager of the Year Award, and the Section’s President Award.
Durrant Elected ASCE Fellow
June 9, 2014