Elvidio Olavo Vidalito Bernardino Diniz, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, ASCE Region 6 governor and principal engineer at Albuquerque, New Mexico–based EVD LLC, passed away on September 5 at the age of 68. A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in all types of civil design and water resources projects, his work ranged from design and construction supervision of storm management facilities to the preparation of large-scale regional water planning studies. Born December 30, 1946 in Goa, India, Diniz grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. In 1964, he came to the U.S. to attend Catholic University in Washington, DC where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Later, he went on to earn his master’s degree in civil engineering/water resources from the University of New Mexico in 1970, and completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, Diniz began his professional career in Texas, and joined the Albuquerque engineering community in 1978. In 1981, Diniz launched his own water resources engineering firm, Resource Technology Inc., which he ran for over 25 years and specialized in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, floodplain mapping, and erosion/sediment control studies. In addition to his professional activities, Diniz served as a course instructor, and adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico and also as a New Mexico State Science Fair judge, illustrating his commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers and scientists. As a member of ASCE, Diniz volunteered his time to serve in several leadership roles with its New Mexico Section, including Section president in 2008, and as the awards coordinator for the New Mexico State Science Fair since 2006. He served on several ASCE technical and policy committees at both the local and national level, including chair of the New Mexico Section’s Water Resources Technical Group (1990-1996), a member of the Urban Water Resources Technical Committee (1992-1996), and chair of the Sediment Production and Control in Urban Areas Task Committee (1993-1998). A life member of ASCE since 2011, Diniz received the National Capital Section’s Outstanding Student Award in 1968.
The New Mexico Section of ASCE has set up a memorial scholarship fund in the name of Elvidio Diniz. Checks can be sent to:
ASCE Memorial Fund
5030 Justin Drive NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114