Thomas Viken Edgar, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCE, is associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Wyoming’s (UW) Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, where he specializes in soil and water relationships, such as flow in porous media, groundwater hydrology, design of dams, and construction dewatering. He has also conducted research in electrokinetic remediation of soils, deformable and expansive soils, septic system leachate remediation, and wellhead protection of public water supplies.
In recognition of his long, distinguished, and exemplary career as a teacher at the UW, Edgar was the recipient of the John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award in April 2014.
His love of teaching started as an employee at the Moretrench American Corporation in 1972, where he was assigned to teach new hires “the pumps, pipes, and jetting ropes” of the industry. He later started teaching soils labs as a master’s student and taught statics and soil mechanics as a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado.
Since he began teaching at the UW in 1981, he has received the ASEE New Engineering Educator Award (1987), the UW Freshman Outstanding Professor (1998), the John P. Ellbogan Meritorious Class Teaching Award (2002), and the UW Ellbogan Lifetime Teaching Award (2014), along with numerous student-selected awards. At their convention in February 2010, the Wyoming Engineering Society (WES) honored Edgar as the WES Engineer of the Year. He also received the Wyoming Alpha Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Award in 2014.
Active within ASCE, Edgar was first involved as an undergraduate, assisting the faculty advisor during graduate school and later was the UW faculty advisor for 29 years. For his service, he received the ASCE Zone III Certificate of Commendation three times and the ASCE Region 7 Faculty Advisor of the Year twice. He also received the Region 7 Lifetime Achievement Award for his student chapter work and actively supported the ASCE Wyoming Section over that time.