March 3, 2010
Reston, Va. — The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) has announced that David E. Daniel, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, is the recipient the 2010 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for lifetime achievement in education. The award will presented at the annual OPAL gala on March 25, 2010.
From 2005 to 2008, Daniel led ASCE’s External Review Panel, which was charged by then-secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld to review the government’s work in identifying facts surrounding the performance of New Orleans’ levees during Hurricane Katrina.
Daniel is the fourth president of the University of Texas at Dallas, a position he has held since 2006. He also served as dean of engineering at the University of Illinois from 2001 to 2005. Daniel has also published more than 100 technical articles, and has authored/edited five books. Additionally, he has taught more than 125 continuing education and training courses on environmental controls.
In 2000, Daniel was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He also received ASCE’s President’s Award in 2007, as well as the society’s Norman and Croes medals. Daniel received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the faculty from 1980 to 1996. He resides in Dallas, Texas.
Established in 1999, the OPAL awards recognize individuals for life-long contributions, accomplishments and achievements that have made significant differences in five areas of civil engineering: construction, design, education, government and management. Recipients in the four other categories include:
- Construction—Terence E. (Ed) Richardson, P.E.
- Design—Man-Chung Tang, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
- Government—John W. Morris II, Lt. Gen. (ret.), P.E., F.ASCE, NAE
- Management—Robert D. Nichol, P.E., F.ASCE
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Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.
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