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Recognizing Civil Engineering's Impact on Society
March 28, 2008

Did you flip a light switch this morning? Turn on the tap to brush your teeth? Did you get in a car, bus or train to go to work? A civil engineer is responsible for the energy, water, transportation and other infrastructure systems that are used every day.

Each year the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognizes outstanding civil engineering projects that have made a contribution to society, new applications of innovative technology that demonstrate research and development transferred into practice, and the exceptional leaders that made it all possible, with its Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Awards and Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award, as well as the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation’s (CEFI) Charles Pankow Award for Innovation and Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research. The awards will be presented at ASCE’s annual OPAL Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2008 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award honorees have spent their entire careers pushing the envelope.

Lifetime Achievement in Construction — William H. Luyties III, P.E., the vice president of major projects at Luminant Construction (previously TXU).

Lifetime Achievement in Design — Clyde N. Baker Jr., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, NAE, senior vice president and senior principal engineer at STS Consultants, Ltd. (STS), an AECOM company.

Lifetime Achievement in Education — Ernest T. Smerdon, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, NAE, dean emeritus at the University of Arizona.

Lifetime Achievement in Government — Gerald E. Galloway, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, a Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of engineering and affiliate professor of public policy at the University of Maryland.

Lifetime Achievement in Management — John M. Dionisio, P.E., the president and CEO of AECOM Technology Corporation.

Registration for the OPAL Awards Gala is now open, and additional information can be found at www.asce.org/opal.


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