People: February 2013

February 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Section Names Hermann Civil Engineer of the Year

Herrmann, AndrewANDREW W. HERRMANN, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, the Society’s current past president and a principal of Hardesty & Hanover, LLP, which is headquartered in New York City, has been named the recipient of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section’s 2012 Civil Engineer of the Year Award. The award will be presented at a banquet scheduled for February 23 that will include the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. Before becoming the Society’s president, Herrmann served as president of the Metropolitan Section, director of Region 1, and Society treasurer. He was also a member of the advisory councils that helped ASCE prepare its assessments of national infrastructure in 2003 and 2005, and he chaired the council for the 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University), and he has held a variety of positions at Hardesty & Hanover, including structural detailer, structural engineer, project engineer, associate engineer, and managing partner. His experience encompasses design, inspection, rehabilitation, and construction, and he has managed some of the firm’s major projects involving fixed and movable bridges. Herrmann’s many accolades include the 2009 ASCE President’s Medal, the ASCE New Jersey Section’s 2008 Excellence in Management Award, the 2008 John B. Jervis Award from the ASCE Metropolitan Section’s Lower Hudson Valley Branch, the Metropolitan Section’s 2007 Thomas C. Kavanagh Service Award, and Valparaiso University’s 2012 Alumni Achievement Award.

Dalton Named Executive Director of NFID

On January 9 the board of directors of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) named MARLA DALTON, P.E., M.ASCE, as its executive director. Dalton will take up her post on July 1, succeeding Len Novick, who is retiring. Founded in 1973, the NFID is a nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, that is dedicated to educating the public and health care professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Dalton, who has served as the executive vice president of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, joined the NFID in December 2010 as its senior director for education and public outreach. Before that she was the senior vice president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), directing the development and management of the group’s live and online educational programs and products, and her responsibilities also encompassed APIC Consulting Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary. Earlier she served as the executive director of the Infrastructure Security Partnership. Dalton earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University and also holds a certificate in nonprofit organization management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management.

Newark College of Engineering Honors Natale as Outstanding Alumnus

Natale Pat PeoplejjThe Newark College of Engineering, part of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has named ASCE’s executive director, PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., F.ASCE, one of its two outstanding alumni for 2013. The award will be presented to Natale on April 16 at an event called the 15th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence. Natale began his tenure as ASCE executive director in November 2002 and in that capacity has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the Society and for providing leadership to a staff of more than 265 and an active volunteer workforce of more than 7,500. Through his efforts he seeks to uphold ASCE’s tradition of supplying high-quality, high-value products and services to the Society’s members and other customers worldwide. From 1999 to 2002 he was the executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, which represents 60,000 licensed engineers from all technical disciplines. Natale holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Newark College of Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and he also completed the program for executives at Yale University’s School of Management. Honored in 2006 by the American Association of Engineering Societies with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award, Natale was accorded lifetime membership in the National Society of Black Engineers in recognition of his efforts to increase diversity in the engineering profession. A board member of the ASCE Foundation and the American Society of Association Executives, Natale is also an adviser to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee, a trustee of the United Engineering Foundation, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Earlier in his career he served as president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and chairman of the board of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and was a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce.


Klotz, D. WayneD. WAYNE KLOTZ, P.E., D.WRE, Pres.09.ASCE, was elevated to the position of chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) on January 1. Founded by ASCE, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the American Public Works Association, the ISI is a nonprofit organization that maintains a rating system called Envision that assesses the extent to which civil infrastructure in the United States conforms to the principles of sustainable development. The nine members of its board of directors are appointed by the founding organizations for three-year terms. The president of Houston-based Klotz Associates, Inc., Klotz was appointed to the Coastal Water Authority’s board of directors in 2011 by Houston’s mayor, Annise D. Parker, and currently serves as board president. He also served as cochair for public works on Parker’s transition committee and was a member the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Community Resilience Task Force. Klotz earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1974 and a master’s degree, also in civil engineering, from the University of Houston in 1976, and he has established the Klotz Associates Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering at both universities. His accolades include ASCE’s 2005 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, the 2011 Texas Engineer of the Year Award, and the 2011 Houston Engineer of the Year Award. Texas A&M named him a distinguished graduate in 2004, and ASCE’s Texas Section and that section’s Houston Branch have recognized his contributions with awards. The American Water Works Association honored him with lifetime membership for his more than 30 years of dedication to the association and the water profession.

U.S. State Department Names Amadei Science Envoy

On November 9 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed BERNARD AMADEI, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the founder of Engineers Without Borders–USA, as one of three new science envoys. In that capacity he will work to strengthen U.S. ties with other countries so that global challenges can be addressed in concert. Amadei has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado for 30 years and currently holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering, and his research focuses on rock mechanics and engineering geology. According to the State Department, the role of the science envoy is to “deepen existing ties, foster new relationships with foreign counterparts, and discuss potential areas of collaboration that will help address global challenges and realize shared goals.” The science envoys travel as private citizens and advise the White House, the State Department, and the U.S. scientific community on ways of improving scientific ties. Amadei founded Engineers Without Borders in 2001, pioneering a new approach to engineering education by involving students in projects in the developing world. The organization now has more than 12,000 students, faculty members, and professionals in its ranks and is helping engineering students to think globally and understand the advantages of sustainable development. Amadei earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1979 and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. His numerous accolades include the Hoover Medal, an environmental award from the Heinz Foundation, the Ralph Coats Roe Medal, and the Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications.

NYWEA Honors Roll for Contributions in Environmental Engineering

Richard RollRICHARD R. ROLL, P.E., M.ASCE, the director of technical and regulatory services for the Niagara Falls Water Board, has received the 2012 Environmental Engineer Award from the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA). According to the NYWEA, the award recognizes “an association member who has made a significant impact in the area of environmental engineering and management and has demonstrated a long-term commitment and outstanding contributions in the environmental engineering field.” Founded in 1929 by professionals in the field of water management, the NYWEA, which is headquartered in Syracuse, has 2,500 members statewide, and these individuals have helped lead the way for state and national clean water programs. Roll, who began working for the City of Niagara Falls, New York, in 1987, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1981 and a master’s degree, also in civil engineering, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. In 1992 he obtained certification in water supply and wastewater engineering from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

ASCE Announces First Winners of 2013 Awards

ASCE has announced the first group of winners of its awards for 2013. As of February 1 the following winners had been named.

Ward, TimTIMOTHY J. WARD, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, has been named the winner of the Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award in recognition of his initiative, leadership, and numerous contributions in education, research, and service. His work is seen as advancing hydraulic engineering, hydrology, and watershed planning studies in semiarid regions around the world. Dean of the School of Engineering at Manhattan College, Ward earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geological engineering with an emphasis on surface water hydrology from the University of Nevada at Reno and a doctorate in civil engineering with emphases on hydrology, hydraulics, and geotechnical engineering from Colorado State University. He has special expertise in the area of surface water hydrology, and his work has encompassed field experimentation, erosion and sediment transport studies, water quality, watershed management, and the modeling of hydrologic and hydraulic systems. Ward has been the principal investigator or one of the principal investigators on more than 50 funded research projects and has conducted or participated in more than 35 consulting jobs. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 papers, reports, and presentations.C. MICHAEL WALTON, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, is honored with the ASCE Presidents’ Award for his significant contributions to civil engineering education and research and his extraordinary professional and technical leadership in the fields of intelligent transportation systems, freight transport, transportation planning, economics, and policy analysis. Walton, who holds the Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, is also associated with the university’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. For more than 40 years he has pursued a career in transport systems engineering and policy analysis. ASCE has honored him with several awards, including the 1999 Francis C. Turner Award, the 1992 James Laurie Prize, the 1987 Harland Bartholomew Award, and the 1987 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award.JOSEPH P. CASTRONOVO, P.E., M.ASCE, wins the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award for his numerous contributions over the years to pipeline engineering and his many years of service to ASCE’s Pipeline Division. A senior project manager in the Fort Worth, Texas, office of AECOM, Castronovo has more than 38 years of experience in design, program management, and construction services relating to pipelines, pump stations, water systems, storm-water drainage systems, and collection systems. Within ASCE’s Pipeline Division, he has been a member of various administrative and technical committees, including the Pipeline Location and Installation Committee and the Task Committee on Condition Assessment of Sewer Collection. Castronovo’s primary expertise is in the design and construction of conveyance projects, and his work has encompassed pipeline material selection, subaqueous pipeline crossings, trenchless technologies, water distribution systems, condition assessment and rehabilitation, and the design of wastewater collection and pumping systems.Simonovic, SlobodanSLOBADAN P. SIMONOVIC, Ph.D., P.Eng., F.ASCE, has been named the recipient of the Ven Te Chow Award for his outstanding contributions in the fields of water resources modeling and management, systems analysis, hydrologic engineering that is attuned to climate change, and hydrological methods based on “soft” computing. The award also recognizes his extensive service to the profession and to engineering education through his publications. A professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Western Ontario and the director of engineering studies with the university’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Simonovic teaches courses in water resources management and natural disaster mitigation. With more than 30 years of research, teaching, and consulting experience in water resources systems engineering, he has numerous professional publications and three major textbooks to his credit. His research focuses on the application of systems approaches to the management of complex water and environmental systems, and most of his work relates to the integration of risk, reliability, uncertainty, and optimization in hydrology and water resources. His research has provided fundamental guidelines and principles to practicing hydrologists, water resources engineers, and natural resources management professionals in addressing water resources problems in the context of possible climate change.

RAYMOND P. GIROUX, M.ASCE, is honored with the Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award for bringing the history and lessons of great civil engineering projects to the attention of engineering students, fellow engineers, and the general public through outstanding lectures and leadership. A district quality manager in the Antioch, California, office of Kiewit Corporation, Giroux chaired the ASCE committee established to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and in 2008 he chaired and spoke at an event organized by ASCE to mark the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. In 2010 he made the closing speech at ASCE’s Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary History Symposium, which was held in Las Vegas. Giroux is the author of several bridge design and civil engineering history papers and has delivered guest lectures at more than 30 engineering schools throughout the United States. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University in 1979 and today is a member of the advisory board for the civil engineering department there. He is also a corresponding member of ASCE’s History and Heritage Committee.

McCartney, BruceBRUCE L. McCARTNEY, P.E., D.NE, M.ASCE, has been named the winner of the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his innovative work in sediment transport. McCartney obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University and is the author of the ASCE manual Ship Channel Design and Operation (2005). Now semiretired and working as a consulting engineer, he had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was employed as a hydraulic engineer and research hydraulic engineer and gained a well-deserved reputation as an engineer’s engineer. Under his leadership many Corps engineering manuals and other forms of guidance were produced. Since retiring from the Corps in 1995, his consulting expertise has been in demand on projects worldwide.

, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, has been named the recipient of the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture in recognition of his contributions in the bioremediation of contaminated soils, the disinfection of drinking water distribution system biofilms, and the development of integrated multianalyte microelectrode sensors for in situ environmental monitoring. The associate dean for research in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering, Bishop was the environmental engineering program director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems from 2008 to 2012. The author or coauthor of five textbooks, he has a large number of technical publications to his credit and is a former president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Bishop is currently a director of ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission, and his research interests include drinking water security, the biological treatment of water and wastewater using biofilms, the bioremediation of contaminated soil, the development of environmental microsensors, the solidification and stabilization of hazardous wastes, and the development of technologies to prevent pollution.

JOHN J. SANSALONE, P.E., M.ASCE, and SUBBU-SRIKANTH PATHAPATI win the Rudolph Hering Medal for their paper “Modeling Particulate Matter Resuspension and Washout from Urban Drainage Hydrodynamic Separators,” which appeared in the January 2012 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering. The medal recognizes papers seen as advancing the environmental branch of the engineering profession. In this paper, the authors investigated physical and computational fluid dynamics models to quantify washout from two common urban drainage system hydraulic separators: screened hydrodynamic separators and baffled hydrodynamic separators.

JOSEPH H.W. LEE, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, ADRIAN C.H. LAI, Ph.D., and DAEYOUNG YU, Ph.D., have been named the winners of the Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize for their paper “Mixing of a Rosette Jet Group in a Crossflow,” which appeared the August 2011 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. ASCE presents the prize to the author or authors of a theoretical or practical paper that is judged to be of superior merit in dealing with a problem of flowing water. This paper reports the results of an experimental study on the mixing of wastewater jets discharged into coastal waters and develops a general model for the jet group dilution. It concludes by making an important contribution to addressing the problems encountered in designing ocean outfalls fitted with rosette jet risers.

Grayman, WalterWALTER M. GRAYMAN, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, is honored with the Julian Hinds Award for pioneering research and years of outstanding and sustained leadership as a consulting engineer concerned with water supply and distribution networks, urban water infrastructure, and water pollution and water resources planning and management and for his distinguished service on a number of ASCE and Environmental and Water Resources Institute committees. The owner of Cincinnati-based W.M. Grayman Consulting Engineer, Grayman has more than 40 years of engineering experience in a variety of fields that relate to the risk-based analysis of water resources. His work has encompassed the assessment of climate change and its potential effect on water infrastructure, the design of risk-based water quality sampling programs, the modeling of water distribution systems, and the integration of geographic information system technology and spatial models for hydrologic analysis and infrastructure planning. Grayman holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a coauthor of the book Modeling Water Quality in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (American Water Works Association, 1998).

ROOPA KAMATH, Ph.D., P.E., JOHN A. CONNOR, P.E., TOM E. McHUGH, Ph.D., AUDRA NEMIR, M. PHUONG LE, and A. J. RYAN win the Wesley W. Horner Award for their paper “Use of Long-Term Monitoring Data to Evaluate Benzene, MTBE, and TBA Plume Behavior in Groundwater at Retail Gasoline Sites,” which appeared in the April 2012 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering. The award recognizes papers that have contributed to the areas of hydrology, urban drainage, or sewerage. In this work, the authors evaluated long-term groundwater monitoring data for 48 retail gasoline sites to define the characteristics of affected groundwater plumes containing benzene, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and tert-butyl alcohol (TBA). The goal of the evaluation was to characterize plume behavior as observed at a variety of hydrogeological settings on the basis of detailed groundwater monitoring records, in contrast to defining factors controlling plume behavior that have to do with the characteristics of the site.

Nakashima, MasayoshiMASAYOSHI NAKASHIMA, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is honored with the Ernest E. Howard Award for pioneering research contributions that have advanced hybrid testing and large-scale shake table testing and for using the results of such tests to advance seismic analysis and improve the design of structures. Nakashima is a professor of civil engineering at Japan’s Kyoto University and the director of the school’s National Research Institute for Earth Science. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural engineering from Kyoto University and in 1981 received a doctorate in civil engineering from Lehigh University. He is the editor of the journal Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, and his research and professional work have defined a new paradigm in large-scale structural testing for gauging the way that structural components and systems will behave during an earthquake. In particular, he pioneered hybrid simulation and greatly advanced shake table testing. Nakashima’s research has dealt with reliability-based seismic design and quantifying the complete failure of building structures.

Pugh, CliffordCLIFFORD A. PUGH, P.E., M.ASCE, wins the Hydraulic Structures Medal for contributions that have helped to advance hydraulic engineering in the areas of spillway design, fuel plug design criteria, landslide wave generation criteria, hydraulic modeling methods, and instrumentation. A hydraulic engineering consultant at C.A. Pugh Consulting, Inc., of Littleton, Colorado, Pugh has more than 40 years of experience in hydraulics. He has planned, directed, and coordinated the work of engineers engaged in the development and application of methods of analysis for the solution of hydraulic flow problems. Pugh obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and was a member of the expert review panel established by ASCE to investigate the causes of the damage sustained by New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Over the years he has contributed to the designs of both small and large hydraulic structures pertinent to hydropower applications, and he has given particular attention to fish passage.

Sturm, TerryTERRY W. STURM, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, has been named the recipient of the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award for his fundamental and innovative contributions in the area of hydraulic engineering, most notably in fluid mechanics and sediment transport. A professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Sturm is recognized as a pioneer in the development of uncertainty analysis for assessing the vulnerability of bridges to scour. He has also made major research contributions in the inherently interdisciplinary area of stream restoration and cohesive sedimentation. Sturm holds a doctorate from the University of Iowa and is the author of numerous research publications on thermal hydraulics, open channel flow resistance, compound channel hydraulics, bridge abutment scour, and the resuspension of cohesive sediments.

ASCE News_Yasuda_Takahashi_Ohusu_ 2013 Award Winners






, M.ASCE, MASAYUKI TAKAHASHI, A.M.ASCE, and IWAO OHUSU are honored with the J.C. Stevens Award for their discussion of the paper “Energy Dissipation and Turbulent Production in Weak Hydraulic Jumps.” The discussion appeared in the August 2011 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. The award recognizes excellence in a paper in the field of hydraulics, including fluid mechanics and hydrology, published by the Society. In their discussion, Yasuda, Takahashi, and Ohusu place the authors’ experiments within an existing hydraulic jump classification system based on Reynolds number, channel aspect ratio, and inflow development. Their interpretations enhance the original authors’ results, which were obtained by using the latest techniques for measuring turbulence properties in a complex flow environment.

ROBERT O. EVANS, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, wins the Royce J. Tipton Award for his outstanding work in drainage, water table management, riparian and constructed wetlands, storm-water quality, and the hydrologic evaluation and restoration of wetlands and for contributions in teaching, research, and outreach that have benefited soil and water engineering programs. A professor at North Carolina State University and the head of its biological and agricultural engineering department, Evans has helped to advance irrigation and drainage engineering through his teaching, research, and leadership, particularly in the areas of environmental restoration, water quality improvements, and land drainage by means of subsurface systems. Within ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute, he has chaired the Irrigation and Drainage Council and that group’s Water Quality and Drainage Committee. His notable achievements include field and lysimeter studies of corn and soybeans to evaluate crop response to water-related stresses and the development of quantitative methods for predicting crop stress that became an integral component of the water table management model DRAINMOD.

Fellows Elected

The following members were elected fellows of the Society in recent months. ASCE fellows are legally registered professional engineers or land surveyors who have made significant technical or professional contributions and have demonstrated notable achievement in responsible charge of engineering activity for at least 10 years following election to the ASCE grade of member. Fellows occupy the Society’s second-highest membership grade, exceeded only by distinguished members.

Fredric Steven BergerFREDRIC S. BERGER, P.E., F.ASCE, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a master of science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Berger has served as chairman of the Louis Berger Group, which is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, since 2007 and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the company’s long-range vision. Previously he was a senior vice president of the firm and was actively involved in corporate affairs and projects in Afghanistan, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. He is also a director of the Louis Berger Group’s parent company, Berger Group Holdings. Actively involved in Louis Berger’s international development and engineering programs since 1972, he has done work on four continents and actively managed projects in nearly 70 countries. Within ASCE, Berger has served as vice-chair of the International Activities Committee and is currently seeking to coordinate the activities of that committee with the work of the corresponding group within the American Council of Engineering Companies. He helped establish an ASCE program in Afghanistan for professional development and later served on its advisory board. Honored in 2007 in the Society’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) program, he was elected in 2012 to serve a three-year term as ASCE’s representative on the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. He has been chairing an ASCE task committee dealing with global strategy since January 2012 and will chair the committee for the Society’s 2014 annual conference, which will be held in Panama in conjunction with the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal. A registered professional engineer in nine states, Berger is a founding trustee of the American University of Afghanistan and a member of the advisory boards for Tufts University’s School of Engineering and Institute for Global Leadership and for the University of California at San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He and his wife, Betty, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and have three children: Sofia, Nathan, and Susana.

C. Ernest Edgar, IIIC. ERNEST EDGAR III, P.E., F.ASCE, a retired U.S. Army major general, earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1958 and a master of science from Iowa State University. He also graduated with distinction from the U.S. Navy War College and completed Harvard University’s program for senior executives. In 1992 Edgar became the commanding general and acting chief of engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His work with the Corps included military construction for the army and the air force, and he contributed to the army’s civil water resources program nationwide. In that capacity he was the army’s senior staff engineer, supervising worldwide facilities engineering and environmental activities and providing advice on combat and topographic engineering. Before that he served as deputy commanding general and deputy chief of engineers, and earlier he was the deputy assistant secretary of defense (mobilization planning and requirements) after having been commanding general of the Corps’s South Atlantic Division. Before that he was the Corps’s deputy director for civil works, and earlier in his career he held other senior army command and staff assignments, including serving as commandant of cadets and professor of military science at Virginia Military Institute. Upon retiring from the military Edgar held the position of senior vice president at Rosser International, Inc., of Atlanta, and was the president of Rosser Lowe. He then served as vice president, chairman of the advisory board, and secretary of the board of directors at Horne Engineering Services, of Fairfax, Virginia, and was the chairman of the board of directors at Virginia Military Institute Research Laboratories, Inc., of Lexington, Virginia.

Edward B. FInkel_2EDWARD B. FINKEL, P.E., F.ASCE, a structural engineer in private practice since 1962, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1950 and a master of engineering degree from Yale University in 1951. Finkel is a consultant to architects and private industry on projects involving commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, and for the past two decades he has specialized in high-performance, low-shrinkage industrial concrete floors. These slabs on ground have evolved through uniquely prescriptive specifications implemented throughout the United States and Canada. A former president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Finkel is a member of ACI committees 302 and 360. As the chair of the ACI committee in charge of commemorative lectures, he delivered an address honoring Professor Hardy Cross (1885–1959) at an ACI conference held in Pittsburgh in 2010. He was honored with the ACI Construction Practices Award in 1994 for an article he wrote on slabs on ground that was published in Concrete International. Another paper of his on this subject appeared in the magazine’s July 2011 issue.

Ahmad RahimianAHMAD RAHIMIAN, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, is the chief executive officer of WSP Cantor Seinuk, a leading structural engineering firm based in New York with offices in Los Angeles, London, Dubayy (Dubai), and India. As the principal in charge of analysis and design, Rahimian has been responsible for implementing innovative conceptual designs for numerous high-rise residential and commercial buildings, as well as for sports facilities and special structures. He has extensive experience in wind and seismic design and in vibration control design issues related to human comfort criteria. His 30 years of experience with WSP Cantor Seinuk include the engineering of numerous prominent projects worldwide. He directed the structural engineering of New York City’s Trump World Tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world; the Torre Mayor, in Mexico City, the tallest building in Latin America; and New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium and Hearst Tower. He has recently been involved in the design of Dubayy’s Nakheel Tower, which would have a height of more than 1 km; London Bridge Tower (the “Shard”), the tallest building in Europe; and New York City’s One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) and One57, the latter the tallest residential building in the city. Internationally recognized as an expert in tall buildings, Rahimian has been the recipient of numerous awards from engineering societies for various projects he has engineered. In 2003 Engineering News-Record included him on its Top 25 Newsmakers list, in 2005 ASCE acknowledged his achievements with its Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, in 2007 the American Institute of Steel Construction presented him with its Special Achievement Award, and in 2011 the magazine Structural Engineer included him on its Power List. In addition to holding two U.S. patents for seismic protective design, Rahimian has numerous articles in professional publications to his credit and has been an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union’s School of Architecture, the Pratt Institute, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Fellow applications may be obtained from ASCE’s world headquarters, in Reston, Virginia, by calling (800) 548-2723, extension 6289. From outside the country, the number is (703) 295-6289. The email address is The PDF application may be downloaded at Completed applications may be submitted online to Questions concerning fellow guidelines (including guideline waiver inquiries) or the application process may be directed to the applications coordinator at (703) 295-6389 or Completed applications are reviewed monthly by the Membership Application Review Committee (MARC).

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