Dennis D. Truax has been elected ASCE’s 2021 president-elect by a majority of Society members.
Truax, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, F.NSPE, F.ASCE, has spent four decades on the civil engineering faculty at Mississippi State University. Since 2006, he’s served as the James T. White Endowed Chair and Department Head.
He has also worked as a consulting engineer or managing principal of several firms. In addition, he has served as adviser and regulatory consultant with various governmental agencies.
“I’m pleased that the members of ASCE feel that I merit their trust,” Truax said. “Everything I am is a result of being a civil engineer. This profession has afforded me great opportunities, and in the same breath, I cannot disconnect ASCE from the profession or my successes.
“Having an opportunity like this, to continue what I’ve been calling my servant-leadership at ASCE, it’s humbling and very exciting.”
Truax’s lengthy ASCE career includes service as District 14 Director from 2001 to 2004, two terms as the Society’s treasurer and tenures on many Society-level committees and working groups. This includes his current role as chair of the Committee on Technical Advancement and member of the Committee on Licensure. At Mississippi State, Truax was ASCE Student Chapter faculty adviser for 26 years. He has served in multiple roles for the Mississippi Section, including president (1991-92).
Constitutional amendments pass
As part of the 2020 ASCE election, the membership also approved, by the required two-thirds vote, proposed constitutional amendments intended to improve the organization’s flexibility, nimbleness and responsiveness, as well as giving voting equity to dues-paying Affiliate members.
“One of my goals as president is to help modernize and streamline the organizational structure of the Society, making it inclusive and more nimble,” said ASCE President K.N. Gunalan. “And these constitutional amendments will do just that.”
Truax will join Gunalan and 2021 ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud as ASCE’s presidential triumvirate when he is inaugurated as president-elect at the Annual Business Meeting this fall during the ASCE 2020 Convention. He will succeed to 2022 president the following year.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that our Society addresses the needs of our members, our communities and our profession,” Truax said. “It’s exciting for me to be a part of that. New opportunities, new challenges, new ways of doing things.
“I think we can take it to the next level.”
The following is the complete 2020 election results, as voted on by Society members based on the ASCE Region where they live. The Technical Region Director election was open to all members who are members of an Institute.
2020 ASCE election results
Dennis D. Truax, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, F.NSPE, F.ASCE
Technical Region Director
Kevin D. Nielsen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Region 1 Director
John C. Folts, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 1 Governor
Danielle H. Spicer, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, M.ASCE
Region 2 Governor
Joseph Platt Jr., P.E., M.ASCE
Region 3 Governors
Craig W. Bursch, P.E., F.ASCE
Therese R. Kline, P.E., F.ASCE
Region 4 Governors
Christina L. Ammens, P.E., M.ASCE
John F. Garner, P.E., M.ASCE
Brian Reynolds, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 5 Director
William L. Pratt IV, P.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE
Region 5 Governors
Rudolph A. Simoneaux III, P.E., M.ASCE
Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE
Region 6 Governors
Tim C. Newton, P.E., M.ASCE
Kensey W. Russell, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 7 Governors
Shawnna Erter, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
Steven G. Hakes, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 8 Governors
Tor J. S. Anderzen, P.E., F.ASCE
Fausto B. Burruel Sr., P.E., M.ASCE
Region 9 Director
Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
Region 9 Governor
Tapas Dutta, P.E., ENV SP, QSD, F.ASCE
Region 10 Governors
Panagiotis Andreas Chatzipanos, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
Raymond Hai Ming Leung, Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., F.ASCE
The membership also approved by 75.4% the proposed Constitutional amendments. Amendments to the Constitution require the affirmative vote of two-thirds of those members voting.