People: June 2013

June 1, 2013

Klotz Reappointed to Coastal Water Authority Board

D. WAYNE KLOTZ, P.E., D.WRE, Pres.09.ASCE, president of Klotz Associates, has been reappointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to the Coastal Water Authority (CWA) board of directors. CWA provides untreated surface water to the communities of Houston, Baytown, and Deer Park. The Houston City Council approved Klotz’s reappointment during its May 1 meeting. Klotz was first appointed to the CWA board in 2011 and was elected president of the board at his first meeting. Klotz is also chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. A professional civil engineer for 39 years, Klotz earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Today, he serves on the civil engineering advisory boards of both universities, and established the Klotz Associates Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering at each school. Klotz has earned numerous awards, including the 2011 Texas Engineer of the Year Award, the 2011 Houston Engineer of the Year Award, the ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award in 2005, and the Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering in 2004. He has also been awarded the Texas Section and Houston Branch ASCE Awards of Honor. In 2008, he was awarded Honorary Professor from the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru.

EWRI’s Inaugural Fellows Class

By Doug Scott

t the 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio, ASCE’s American Academy of Water Resources Engineers inducted this year’s class of 32 diplomates

At the 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio, ASCE’s American Academy of Water Resources Engineers inducted this year’s class of 32 diplomates. Frank Kim

A distinguished group of 36 civil engineers was inducted into the inaugural class of ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) fellows on May 19 at the 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio. These esteemed individuals have made significant contributions as engineers, educators, researchers, or technical leaders. “Tonight, we will recognize the first class of EWRI fellows,” said ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, at the induction ceremony. “I’d like to congratulate them on their years of service and dedication to the Environmental and Water Resources Institute.”

The EWRI’s Governing Board established the EWRI fellow (F.EWRI) grade of membership to recognize a select group of distinguished EWRI members as leaders and mentors in the environmental and water resources profession. To advance to the grade of fellow, an ASCE/EWRI member must demonstrate accomplishments over 10 or more years (in the grade of EWRI member) that have contributed significantly to the advancement or application of water resources or environmental engineering, science, and technology, and have mentored or provided other service to students or junior engineers/scientists.

The inaugural class of EWRI fellows includes:

Adnan M. Alsaffar, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Jerry Lee Anderson, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Brian D. Barkdoll, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Glenn O. Brown, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Stephen J. Burges, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Thomas T. Burke, Jr., Ph.D., D.WRE, P.E., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Sheila Carpenter-van Dijk, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Yee Cho, P.E., L.S.P., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Theodore Cleveland, P.E., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Marcelo H. Garcia, Ph.D., F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE
Walter M. Grayman, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Richard H. Hawkins, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Peggy A. Johnson, Ph.D., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
William R. Johnston, P.E., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Chih-Ming Kao, D.WRE, F.EWRI
Mark Killgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Shang-Lien Lo, D.WRE, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Jay R. Lund, Ph.D., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Morris L. Maslia, P.E., D.WRE, DEE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Steven C. McCutcheon, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Richard O. Mines, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Ananta Nath, P.E, D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Fred L. Ogden, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Avi Ostfeld, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Michael A. Ports, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, D.NE, BCEE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
William Ritter, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE
A. Charles Rowney, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Uri Shamir, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Fletcher Douglas Shields, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Vijay P. Singh, D.Sc., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE
Berrin Tansel, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
Tim J. Ward Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE

The EWRI fellow ceremony also featured the induction of this year’s class of 32 diplomates to ASCE’s American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE). Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) is a voluntary, post-license credential that provides recognition of advanced expertise in a specialty discipline of water resources engineering, advanced professional experience, strong ethics, and a commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development.

“Diplomates are considered to be the best of the best of professional engineers working in the field of civil engineering today,” said ASCE Past-President Blaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE, Pres.10.ASCE. “The diplomate certification program was created to support ASCE’s efforts to raise the bar in the civil engineering profession, and is consistent with our vision for civil engineering of the future.”

Currently, ASCE’s certification programs have granted over 1,000 diplomate certifications. Among the diplomate ranks are 8 current and past ASCE presidents, more than 20 institute past presidents, and several dozen ASCE Distinguished Members.

“It’s ASCE’s goal to increase the benefits as the Academies mature, including providing those who hold the certification a leg-up on their competitors,” said DiLoreto, who became a diplomate this year. “If you meet the requirements, I urge you to consider becoming a diplomate.”

The roster of 2013 diplomate inductees includes:

Mark Anderson, P.E., D.WRE
Scott F. Berman, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, M.ASCE
Scott A. Brown, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Stanley V. Cach, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
David B. Campbell, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Matthew Carney, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Tibebe Dessalegne, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Chad Drummond, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Mark Ellard, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
John W. France, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
William F. Hunt III, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Errin Kemper, P.E., D.WRE
Ganesh Krishnan, P.E., D.WRE, A.M.ASCE
Douglas Lamont, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Shang-Lien Lo, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Raleigh D. Myers, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Ronald M. Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, F.ASCE
David A. Raff, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, A.M.ASCE
David A. Ramirez, P.E., D.WRE
Goloka Behari Sahoo, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Mark Stone, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
Tzuoh-Ying Su, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
Wen-Pei Sung, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Quentin Brent Travis, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Todd Wagner, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Joseph M. Windham, P.E., D.WRE
Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Yiying Xiong, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Tian Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE

2013 Honorary Diplomates:

Keith W. Hipel, Ph.D., FRSC, F.AWRA, Hon.D.WRE, M.ASCE
Daniel P. Loucks, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE

ASCE Announces More Winners of Society Awards for 2013

ASCE has determined the winners of a number of its awards for 2013. As of June 1 the following winners had been named.

ANIL K. CHOPRA, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Norman Medal for his paper “Earthquake Analysis of Arch Dams: Factors to Be Considered,” published in the February 2012 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering. Chopra is the Horace, Dorothy, and Katherine Johnson Professor of Engineering in the area of dynamics of structures in earthquake engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. An author of over 325 published papers, Chopra’s research activities have included studies of structural dynamics, various problems in earthquake analysis and design of buildings, dynamic soil-structure interaction, dynamic fluid-structure interaction, and earthquake analysis and design of concrete dams.

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, Ph.D., M.ASCE; LAURIE A. GARROW, Ph.D., M.ASCE; JAEHONG KIM, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; KIMBERLY KURTIS, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; and PATRICK J. LYNETT, Ph.D., M.ASCE, are the recipients of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes. These prizes are awarded to members of the Society, in any grade, for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering.

DeJong, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, is honored for his innovative research, practical guidance, and leadership in advancing the emerging field of bio-mediated soil improvement, the use of full-flow penetrometers in practice, variable cone penetration rate testing for improved characterization of soils, and laboratory characterization of intermediate soils. DeJong published the first peer-reviewed journal paper on the topic of bio-mediated soil improvement and several invited synthesis papers, organized both international workshops on bio-soils, obtained more than $1 million in research funding, advised and collaborated with more than 20 international researchers, and applied his technical research advances in field applications.

Garrow, associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is recognized for her development and integration of advanced discrete choice models of traveler behavior into airline planning, scheduling, and revenue management decision support systems. Author of the textbook, Discrete Choice Models of Air Travel Demand: Theory and Applications, Garrow is a leading expert in demand modeling and airline passenger behavior. Garrow and her Travel Demand Modeling research group are working on ways to use online data and non-traditional data sources to enhance our understanding of traveler behavior, particularly within the airline industry.

Kim, Georgia Power distinguished associate professor and associate chair for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is honored for his pioneering research on environmental implications and application of nanomaterials as well as developing upconversion biocidal materials for innovative, sustainable environmental technology. Kim is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of environmental nanotechnology and water quality engineering. His areas of research interest include environmental implications and application of carbonaceous nanomaterials, ozone and UV disinfection process optimization and design using computer models and laser- induced fluorescence technique, and high-pressure membrane process evaluation and simulation for the removal of emerging organic and inorganic contaminants.

Kurtis, professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is recognized for her exceptional contributions in applying the principles of materials science to solving practice problems in civil engineering, including hydration, deterioration, creep, and non-destructive characterization of cement-based materials. Her research results have contributed to the development of national specifications and technical guidelines that provide guidance on the use of emerging materials constituents, such as metakaolin, nanoparticles, ASR-mitigating (lithium) admixtures, and cellulosic internal curing agents, and high-performance mix designs (e.g., SCC, HPC, LWHPF UHPC) to not only achieve desired performance but also to promote satisfactory long-term durability in concrete structures exposed to aggressive environments.

Lynett, associate professor and John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, is honored for his pioneering research in wave modeling and prediction that led to new methods for quantifying tsunami inundation and hurricane wave overtopping, since adopted by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as standards for evaluation and design. Lynett is an internationally recognized leader in developing improved engineering methods for applications to coastal areas. His paper, “Modeling Wave Runup with Depth-Integrated Equations,” published in Coastal Engineering in 2002, is considered a landmark in the field of modeling wave effects numerically.

Edwards, CurtisCURTIS L. EDWARDS, P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award for his outstanding contributions in the advancement of lifeline earthquake engineering, his leadership in post-earthquake investigations, and his extensive efforts to document lifeline system performance, recovery, and lessons learned. Vice president and senior project manager at Los Angeles-based Psomas, Edwards has been actively involved in ASCE and the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) since 1996. A founding member of ASCE’s Council on Critical Infrastructure, Edwards has also been chairperson of ASCE’s Earthquake Investigation Committee for the last 17 years, during which time he organized and conducted post-earthquake investigations in the U.S. and throughout the world, including most notably the 2004 Great Sumatra Earthquake, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, often referred to as the Great Japan Earthquake. Past chair of the TCLEE Executive Committee (2006-2007), he continues to serve as a member of the TCLEE Water and Wastewater technical committee.

Fruchter, RenateRENATE FRUCHTER, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Computing in Civil Engineering Award for her ongoing efforts to integrate research and development and education over the past 2 decades as the founding director of the Project-Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Lecturer and senior research engineer thrust leader of “collaboration technologies” at the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering at Stanford, Fruchter leads a research effort to develop collaboration technologies for multidisciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork and e-learning. Her interests focus on research and development and larger-scale deployment of collaboration technologies that include Web-based team building, synchronous and asynchronous knowledge capture, sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, and mobile solutions for global teamwork and e-learning. As founding director of the PBL Lab, Fruchter has successfully integrated research and development with education efforts over the past2 decades to achieve a nationally and internationally recognized AEC global teamwork education model; a cutting-edge collaboration technology ecosystem that supports cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed team work and learning; and a growing global learning network that engages university, industry, and government partners worldwide in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

EDWARD L. GERVAIS, P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the James Laurie Prize for international leadership in aircraft and airport computability, particularly for leading the successful transition to large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-800 in concourse gate design, airfield geometry, and airfield pavement design. A technical fellow with the Boeing Transportation Group, Gervais was a major player in the creation of the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF), a state-of-the-art, full-scale pavement test facility dedicated solely to airport pavement research. Located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City, New Jersey, and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the NAPTF provides high-quality, accelerated test data from rigid and flexible pavements subjected to simulated aircraft traffic. Gervais convinced the Boeing Company management that a cost-sharing partnership with the FAA was essential. Under this partnership agreement, the $21 million facility was funded two-thirds by the FAA and one-third by the Boeing Company. Without the partnership agreement, it is unlikely that either organization would have the resources necessary to build the facility. Since its completion in April 1999, the facility has been essential to providing data to demonstrate the aircraft/airport compatibility of the Boeing-777 aircraft and to validate new airport pavement design standards for use on a worldwide basis.

Iwan, WilfredWILFRED D. IWAN, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE is the recipient of the von Karman Medal for thematically rich engineering mechanics contributions to analysis and design of critical systems and structures under adverse dynamic loads, for stellar mentorship of numerous students, and for exemplary leadership in aseismic societal preparedness. Professor Emeritus of Applied Mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, Iwan is a world-renowned scholar in earthquake engineering. His contributions span a broad range including fundamental developments in materials, nonlinear dynamics, earthquake and wind load characterization, design and development of earthquake ground motion sensing and instrumentation (hardware and software developments), active structural control algorithms and hardware development, and design and implementation of strong motion earthquake monitoring systems. As director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1964, he developed practical methods for earthquake-resistant design of structures and simplified methods for the analysis of equipment isolation systems. Iwan, who is also the past recipient of ASCE’s Nathan M. Newmark Medal (1997) and the William H. Wisely Award (2006), introduced the concept of a drift demand spectrum as a means of understanding the effects of earthquakes on structures.

DAVID W. JOHNSTON, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Roebling Award for outstanding leadership through the ASCE Construction Institute in developing a path for construction engineers to pursue licensure as professional engineers and for continuing leadership in preparation of the NCEES construction engineering exam module for the civil engineering P.E. exam. Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the North Carolina State University, his activities include service as chair and member of ACI (American Concrete Institute) 347 Formwork for Concrete, chair and member of ACI 215 Fatigue of Concrete, chair and member of the ASCE-CI Construction Research Council, chair and member of the ASCE-CI Construction Engineering Education Committee, member of ASCE 37 Design Loads on Structures During Construction, member of the ASCE Committee on Curricula and Accreditation, and member of ACI 315 Detailing of Reinforcement. Author of over 100 papers and reports, his research areas include construction engineering, construction management, bridge management systems, and structural engineering. His teaching included many CEM courses over the years, but particularly those emphasizing design of engineered systems for the construction process. His awards include the ACI Construction Practice Award in 1994, the ACI Delmar Bloem Award in 2003, and the North Carolina State University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010.

Kunnath, AmeetaAMEETA A. KUNNATH, S.M.ASCE, a student at the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students paper entitled, “Is It Ethical to Associate Credentials with Competency?” The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on professional ethics.




Leavitt, TimTIMOTHY D. LEAVITT, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Civil Government Award for substantial contributions to the engineering profession by meritorious public service. Through active participation in various community boards, as well as his elected position as mayor of Vancouver, Washington, Leavitt exemplifies the potential of a civil engineer in public service. As senior civil engineer for PBS Engineering + Environmental and mayor of Vancouver, Leavitt has worked extensively with state and national officials to acquire funding for numerous critical infrastructure projects, including the Vancouver Waterfront Access Project, a huge effort by the city to open a substantial portion of its waterfront to a $1.3 billion private investment that will generate 2,500 jobs. In addition, he led Vancouver through a time of national economic turbulence, improving the city’s credit rating while acquiring a new, LEED-certified building in order to consolidate city staff into 1 building. Leavitt also serves on a number of community and agency boards, including the C-TRAN (Clark County Public Transit Benefit Area Authority) board of directors, Greater Portland, Inc., the Clark Community College Foundation Board, and the Trauma Intervention Program Board.

Lucko, GunnarGUNNAR LUCKO, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction for extraordinary creativity and innovation in introducing singularity functions into construction engineering and management scholarship and developing novel modeling and analytical procedures for integrated project scheduling and budgeting. His research work has significant potential to improve project planning and control. Associate professor of civil engineering at the Catholic University of America and director of its Construction Engineering and Management Program, Lucko established a new theory that adapts singularity functions to construction project management. This basic theory-building research demonstrates that singularity functions can provide a comprehensive model that vastly reduces the number of variables needed for optimization techniques. Chair of the ASCE/Construction Institute’s Construction Research Council, Lucko from 2006 to 2009 was the principal investigator for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, a unique student-centered team of undergraduate students, faculty, and industry practitioners with construction, structural, and earthquake engineering expertise, who traveled to a rural community in El Salvador and successfully implemented the design in a health clinic building.

MacPhee, MichaelMICHAEL J. MacPHEE, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award for his outstanding leadership as president of Arcadis’ Water Division, his global vision, and his ability to understand that applying expert skills and resources to solve world health, clean water, and sanitation issues is crucial to future generations. President of the Water Division for ARCADIS U.S., MacPhee manages a staff of more than 1,500 engineers in 80 offices throughout the U.S. and in multiple offices in India and the Middle East. Specializing in drinking water treatment process selection and evaluations, advanced treatment technology application, master planning, distribution system management, regulatory compliance, and strategic planning, MacPhee serves on the firm’s Global Leadership Council and is a member of the Global Water Business Line Team. Past vice-chair of the American Water Works Association (AWWA)’s Water Science and Research Division board of trustees, he is engaged in the development of several key industry regulations in the U.S., including the Stage 2 D/DBP Rule, the Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, the Arsenic Rule, and the Filter Backwashing and Recycling Rule. MacPhee is editor of the AWWA book, Distribution System Water Quality Challenges in the 21st Century: A Strategic Guide.

Minks, AllenALLAN G. MINKS, P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the civil engineering profession by establishing an exemplary reputation for professional service, committed development of young professionals, and dedicated service to ASCE.

A senior engineer with the Kaskaskia Engineering Group, Minks has over 29 years of experience in a wide variety of geotechnical studies, ranging from home foundation distress investigations to foundation analysis, design, and construction monitoring and management of multi-million-dollar projects. He has written reports for over 1,000 geotechnical projects with various geologic and subsurface conditions. A member of the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) coalition, Minks was 1 of the first engineers called to help after the catastrophic tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011. Minks and his team worked very long hours in very unforgiving conditions to make sure they surveyed as many properties as possible during their tour of duty. A recipient of ASCE’s St. Louis Section Professional Recognition Award in 2012, Minks has been a guest lecturer at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, discussing case histories in the foundation class.

Nye, LarryLARRY W. NYE, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award for his many contributions to the port industry, including his development of a quantifiable process for container planning and analysis, pioneering the process of integrating planning, design, and operations, and his dedication to sharing his knowledge experiences and best practices. Senior vice president at Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Nye has over 35 years of experience in port master planning and container terminal design and has participated in many inland connectivity projects involving moving containerized cargo from ports to inland destinations via road and rail. Nye provides specialized experience in capacity analysis, terminal operations analysis, and gate and intermodal yard design, and has planned and designed ports throughout North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Serving as a port planner as part of the Port of Vancouver’s multi-stakeholder assessment of the Port’s rail network to support existing operations and accommodate future growth, Nye was involved with the development of a dynamic simulation model of the Greater Vancouver rail network. This included incorporating the port’s major marine terminals, plus the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway’s main yards in the cities of Surrey and Port Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada.

JORGE A. PROZZI, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Wilbur S. Smith Award for his contributions to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of performance of highway pavements. Associate professor and fellow, Clyde Lee Endowed Professorship in Transportation Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Prozzi has concentrated the bulk of his research in developing a better understanding of the interaction between highway traffic loading and highway performance. Starting in the early 1990s, he carried out research published as the report “Equivalent Damage of Loads on Pavements” for the South African Department of Transport. This pioneer work introduced both mechanistic principles for determining load equivalencies and the term “equivalent response = equivalent pavement damage or consumption,” which has been the basis for the highway cost allocation for toll roads in South Africa. Ultimately his work was used for the determination of toll rates for heavy commercial vehicles at the National Roads concessions in South Africa. Since 2003, he has been incorporating this work in Texas, where it has been made publicly available through a series of research reports and journal articles published in ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems and Journal of Transportation Engineering. This year, the Texas legislature plans to review the current fee structure for oversize/overweight vehicle permits in the state.

Resio, DonDONALD T. RESIO, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the International Coastal Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to coastal engineering research, design, education, and leadership that have led to practical and effective solutions to some of the field’s most difficult problems. Senior scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Resio developed a solution of the wave-wave interaction problem that is used worldwide in the study of the growth of waves by wind. Professor of ocean engineering at the University of North Florida and director of its Taylor Engineering Research Institute, he turned his expertise in wind-wave generation into a model STWAVE (STeady State spectral WAVE) that is used by the Corps of Engineers in their coastal/lake design projects. In addition, Resio played a major role in the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce, determining the nature and causes of the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. During this time, he led efforts to develop engineering solutions to difficult problems, such as a portable offshore breakwater (RIBS, rapidly installed breakwater system), a lightweight modular causeway system, and recently a rapid repair of levee breach system.

Schultz, RobertROBERT J. SCHULTZ, P.E., P.L.S., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Surveying and Mapping Award for his devotion and contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping, particularly in providing leadership, standards, and educational opportunities to the profession of geodetic sciences. Professor of civil and construction engineering at the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, Schultz is considered a legend in the state of Oregon for his work in surveying and mapping, geodesy, photogrammetry, and boundary law. A member of ASCE’s Geomatics Division Education Committee, he is recognized for committing his time and thoughts to the advancement of the civil engineering profession. His areas of interest include plane and geodetic surveying, photogrammetry and remote sensing, survey law and property surveying, and highway location and design.

ANTONY P.S. SELVADURAI, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Maurice A. Biot Medal for seminal contributions to the development of mathematical solutions, computational models, and experimental simulations of poromechanics phenomena with relevance to geomaterials and environmental geomechanics problems. A William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor at McGill University, Selvadurai has been a pioneer and leader in diverse fields of poromechanics, composite porous materials, flow and transport behavior within porous solids, solutions of contact and inclusions problems in elasticity, mathematical methods in mechanics, environmental geotechnology, linear fracture mechanics, structural mechanics, and thermo-hydro-mechanics of fluid-saturated porous media. A dedicated and demanding engineering educator, researcher, and scholar, Selvadurai has made prolific and exceptional contributions to solving a wide range of problems in mechanics and civil engineering that have lasting professional impact, and which have enhanced the safety and economy of engineering designs. Author of more than270 papers in major journals, he has supervised 30 doctoral students and 20 postdoctoral fellows.

Soong, TsuTSU T. SOONG, Ph.D., P.E., is the recipient of the George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal for pioneering contributions to the field of structural control and monitoring of civil infrastructure systems. Distinguished professor emeritus in structural and earthquake engineering at the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, Soong is 1 of the first researchers in the U.S. and 1 of the few in the world who initiated, developed, implemented, educated, and shared knowledge in structural control and health monitoring through innovative technologies, rigorous theoretical developments, large-scale implementations, and numerous books and articles. Soong, who has contributed to 11 books and monographs and more than 250 publications in structural dynamics with a focus on structural control and random vibrations, has mentored more than 20 Ph.D.s and more than 20 post-doctoral associates and visiting professors who have gone on to become successful academics and leaders in the professional engineering community.

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, Ph.D., EIT, A.M.ASCE; BRUCE L. KUTTER, Ph.D., M.ASCE; THALEIA TRAVASAROU, P.E., M.ASCE; and MODALE J. CHACKO are the recipients of the Arthur M. Wellington Prize for their paper, “Centrifuge Modeling of Seismically Inducted Uplift for the BART Transbay Tube,” published in the August 2011 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. The Arthur M. Wellington Prize is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on transportation on land, on the water, in the air, or on foundations and closely related subjects.

MANI GOLPARVAR-FARD, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; FENIOSKY PENA-MORA, P.E., M.ASCE; and SILVIO SAVARESE are the recipients of the J. James R. Croes Medal for their paper, “Integrated Sequential As-Built and As-Planned Representation with D4AR Tools in Support of Decision-Making Tasks in the AEC/FM Industry,” published in the December 2011 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. Established by the Society on October 1, 1912, the J. James R. Croes Medal was named in honor of the first recipient of the Norman Medal, John James Robertson Croes.

Krawinkler, HelmutDIMITRIOS G. LIGNOS, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, and HELMUT KRAWINKLER, M.ASCE, are the recipients of the State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award for their paper, “Deterioration Modeling of Steel Components in Support of Collapse Prediction of Steel Moment Frames under Earthquake Loading,” which was published in the November 2011 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering. The ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award is presented to the individual, individuals, or committee that has prepared, for the benefit of the profession, the most outstanding paper which reviews and interprets state-of-the-art scientific and technical information.



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, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; CATRINA WALTER, P.E., M.ASCE; SAMI H. RIZKALLA, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; PAUL Z.T. ZIA, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE; and GARY J. KLEIN, P.E., M.ASCE, are the recipients of the T.Y. Lin Award for their papers, “Development of a Rational Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Slender Spandrel Beams: Part 1, Experimental Results,” published in the spring 2011 issue of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s PCI Journal, and “Development of a Rational Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Slender Spandrel Beams: Part 2, Analysis and Design Guidelines,” published in the fall 2011 issue of the PCI Journal. The T.Y. Lin Award recognizes contributions to the field of prestressed concrete.

The Texas A&M University Department of Civil Engineering and United States Coast Guard Academy Department of Civil Engineering are recipients of the Walter LeFevre Award for exemplary promotion of licensure, ethics, and professionalism in engineering education in a large program. Texas A&M won in the large program category and the Coast Guard Academy won in the small program category. The Walter LeFevre Award recognizes academic institutions for their outstanding actions in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.


Anthony S BartolomeoAnthony S. Bartolomeo, P.E., F.ASCE, is the President and CEO of Pennoni Associates. He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in several states. Bartolomeo joined Pennoni in 1986 and has comprehensive knowledge of industrial facilities reuse issues relating to Pennsylvania’s ACT 2 program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, hazardous waste management programs, and the Clean Water Act. During his career, he has been the lead engineer in the remediation of several complex hazardous waste sites and has provided expert testimony in legal proceedings for technical support. As chair of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, he also serves on ASCE’s Task Committee on Global Strategy and is a founding member of ASCE’s Work Group on Asset Management and Innovative Technologies. He is also the chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies Design Professionals Coalition.

Ernian Pan, Ph.D., F.ASCE, received a bachelor of science degree from Lanzhou University in 1982, a master of science from Peking University in 1985, and a doctorate in rock mechanics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. Pan joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Akron as an associate professor in 2002 and was promoted to a full professor in 2008. His research is centered on layered structures with applications to laminated composites and layered pavements. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation, he has developed 2 accurate and user‐friendly software products for pavement engineers (MultiSmart3D and BackGenetic3D). He also patented 1 of the super-fast algorithms for the surface response prediction in multilayered half spaces in 2009. Pan has authored or coauthored more than 230 peer-reviewed journal articles, some of which have been highly cited. Pan was the top reference by the Royal Society of London in 2009 and was awarded the ASCE outstanding reviewer in 2010. He serves in several committees within the Engineering Mechanics Institute, including Poromechanics, Elasticity, and Mechanics of Pavements.

James A. Smith, Ph.D., P.E. F.ASCE, is currently a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Smith has B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Princeton University. He has also worked as a research hydrologist for 7 years with the U.S. Geological Survey in West Trenton, NJ. Dr. Smith has received numerous awards. He has been the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia (the highest teaching award at the university) and is currently 1 of only 35 members of the University’s Academy of Teaching. He received the Rudolph Hering Medal from ASCE for his published work on silver-impregnated ceramic water filters for point-of-use water treatment in Guatemala. He served asthe UPS Foundation Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the William R. Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has published over 80 archival refereed journal articles, and his papers have been referenced more than 2,500 times. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization PureMadi, which works to disseminate ceramic-based point-of-use water treatment technologies in a sustainable manner to developing-world communities. Dr. Smith is a registered professional engineer in Virginia. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Gail and son Matthew. Matthew will be attending the Engineering School at the University of Virginia starting in fall 2013.

Kathiravetpillai Sivathasan, Ph.D., P.E. G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, received his B.Sc. degree in civil engineering with first class honors each year from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geotechnical earthquake engineering from the University of California at Davis. He is a registered civil engineer and geotechnical engineer in California and is also a Diplomate geotechnical engineer with the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He is a subject matter expert for the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists for Geotechnical Engineering Exam Development. Dr. Sivathasan is an owner and principal engineer with Leighton Consulting, Inc. in Southern California. He has managed several complex projects during planning, design, and construction. He has been teaching civil engineering undergraduate and graduate classes at Cal Poly Pomona for more than 10 years and teaching California Professional Engineer Exam review classes at various locations in Southern California.

LeAnne Napolillo, P.E., has served in multiple leadership positions within all levels of ASCE. Notably, she served as co-chair for Infrastructure-Day (I-Day) Houston, an event that provided educational and family fun events highlighting the impact of infrastructure on our daily lives, and designed to increase understanding of infrastructure issues among voters in the Greater Houston area. She was the 2012 recipient of the Houston Branch Award of Honor, has been recognized as Edmund Friedman Young Engineer of the Year, served as Houston Branch President, and is currently serving as Texas Section Vice-President-Education during the Texas Section Centennial Anniversary celebration. Professionally, Napolillo is a senior project manager for the Houston office of HNTB and is section design consultant manager for the US 290 Program, which has a $4.9 billion budget that includes the reconstruction and widening of 33 miles of US 290 and construction of the parallel toll facility. Professionally licensed in Texas, she earned her bachelor of civil engineering degree from Kansas State University and her masters of industrial engineering from the University of Houston. She and her husband David live in Houston with their son Ryan and their daughter Sydney.

Marc Hoit, Ph.D., F.S., F.ASCE, is a professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department at North Carolina State University (NC State) and became the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology in September 2008. In that role he has worked to develop an IT Governance Structure and Strategic Operating Plan and launched a number of key foundational projects that will improve efficiency and effectiveness of IT on campus. He previously held numerous administrative positions at the University of Florida, including Interim CIO, Director of Student PeopleSoft Implementation, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Administration, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. . He received his B.S. degree from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hoit is the co-principal investigator (Co-PI) for the NCB-prepared grant from Homeland Security (with UNC Chapel Hill and SAS) which is developing early warning systems for health security concerns. He was also the PI for the development of DIGGS, an international standard XML schema for transferring transportation information. His structural engineering research involves the computer program, FB-MultiPier, which analyzes bridge pier, superstructure, and pile foundations subjected to dynamic loading.

Peter Michael MooreAs the president of Chen Moore and Associates, Peter Michael Moore, P.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE, is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations of the firm and the successful completion of related projects. These projects include sanitary collection improvements, pump station rehabilitation, transportation engineering enhancements, and water and reclaimed water consulting, along with all other phases of civil engineering design and neighborhood improvements. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s QA/QC Committee, ensuring the consistency of the quality of products throughout the firm.

He has been extensively involved in ASCE, including at the Chapter level, where he served as president (2004 – 2005), Bowl-a-Thon chair (2003), and Young Engineer of the Year (2001, 2004). At the state level, he has served as ASCE Florida Section president (2010 – 2011), on the board of the Florida Section, and as District 1 vice president and secretary/treasurer (2004 – present). At the Regional level, Moore has served as a judge for the Southeast Regional Concrete Canoe Competition since 2003 and has been a head judge since 2005. At ASCE’s national level, he served as Younger Member representative to the ASCE National Meeting (2003), Zone II representative to the Committee on Younger Members (2004 – 2008), and Zone II Chair to the Committee on Younger Members (2006 – 2007). He was the Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award recipient in 2009.

Ping Kuen Lee, CEng, C.WEM, F.ASCE, is a technical director of AECOM Asia Company Limited, managing infrastructure projects in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of China. These projects include the planning and engineering study of the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area of about 800 ha of land in the Northwest New Territories, accommodating x a population of about 200,000, with 100,000 employment opportunities; detailed design of the West Kowloon Terminus, the station at the southern end of the 26 km Hong Kong section of the Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link; and traffic improvement to Tuen Mun Road Town Centre Section for widening 1.5 km long high speed road with installation of environmentally friendly noise mitigation barriers.

Before joining AECOM, Lee worked with Black & Veatch for over 24 years, involving the design and construction of infrastructure for development of Tin Shui Wai New Town, with a total population of about 325,000, and drainage improvements with innovative solutions to East and West Kowloon, Northern and Northwest New Territories of HKSAR, with the aim to alleviate flooding problems and facilitate development.

Lee has been serving the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) since 2000. He was a member of the Council (2003 – 2009) and chairman of the Environmental Division (2008 – 2009) and is chairman of the Civil Discipline Advisory Panel (2011 – 2014). He also served as a member of the Engineers Registration Board (2004 – 2010) and is chairman of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Hong Kong.

Lee has also been actively engaged in community activities in promoting the contributions of the engineering professions to the advancement and development of society. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit (2006 – 2007) and a member of the Commission of Strategic Development (2007 – 2012) of the HKSAR Government. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Housing Authority. Lee was appointed by the HKSAR Chief Executive as a nonofficial Justice of Peace (JP) on July 1, 2008, and has been elected a member of the Election Committee (Engineering) in 2005, 2006, and 2011 for election of the chief executive of the HKSAR.

T. Prabhakar ClementT. Prabhakar Clement, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, is the Harold Vince Groome Jr. Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from Auburn in 1993, Clement began his professional research career at the Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where his efforts have led to the development of a bioremediation design/simulation tool, RT3D. Later, Clement became a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He moved back to Auburn University in 2002. Over the past 20 years, Clement has made several important contributions to elucidate the fundamentals of bioremediation design, contaminant reactive transport processes in groundwater systems, saltwater intrusion processes, oil spill assessment, and environmental erosion processes at construction sites. He has served as the principal/co-principal investigator of several multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Australian Research Council, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and Alabama Department of Transportation, as well as private industries. Clement has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters, which have received over 1,300 ISI citations, with an H-index of 22. Clement has served on National Academy of Sciences and Engineering panels and numerous NSF, DOD, and DOE panels. He has been an associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydrologic Engineering and of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Groundwater, and Vadose Zone Journal. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.

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