W. Craig Helms, P.E., F.ASCE, a former president of the South Carolina Section and a major participant in ASCE national committees, died July 10 in Columbia, SC. He was 64.
Mr. Helms was an active Section officer for many years. In addition to president, he served as secretary, vice president and chair of the Section’s Environmental Technical Group. He was a past national director of District 6, prior to Regions in ASCE’s former geographic structure. He was awarded the Section’s highest honor, The LeTellier Cup, in 2005, and was named South Carolina Section Civil Engineer of the Year in 2003.
Among his service to ASCE nationally, Mr. Helms served on the Member Benefits Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Technical Activities Committee, the Committee for Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice (CAP^3), the Committee on Implementation of Governance Restructuring (GRIC), Chair of the Task Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and the advisory panel for the 2005 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure.
Mr. Helms was the founder, manager and principal engineer of Civil Engineering of the Carolinas, LLC. He earned master’s and bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering at the University of South Carolina, and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.