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Jeff Shoaf, P.E., F.ASCE, a principal engineer for the San Diego County Water Authority, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Shoaf has over 36 years of experience in the civil engineering field, most of that representing the Utility Owner/Municipality sector. From 1987 to 2005 he worked for the City of San Diego, overseeing a multi-million-dollar project portfolio for the installation of both small and large-diameter water and sewer pipelines. 

Since 2005 he has served in his current position, responsible for the Program Services Group, with duties of capital program implementation and execution, responsible oversight of project design and construction, program controls, and budget administration. This group is also responsible for the overall monitoring of the Water Authority’s $1.5 billion capital improvement program as well as maintaining and updating the agency’s standard drawings and material specifications.

Shoaf has served as the project manager for several award-winning projects, most notably the $400 million San Vicente Dam Raise project. The 117-feet roller-compacted concrete dam raise project, located in eastern San Diego County, stands as the tallest dam raise in the United States and the tallest dam raise of its type in the world. The reservoir expansion added more than 157,000 acre-feet of water, more than doubling its capacity. The dam raise created the greatest single increase of water storage capacity in San Diego County history. 

This project, combined with others making up the San Diego County Water Authority's $1.5 billion Emergency and Carryover Storage Project, was honored with the 2017 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. 

On a national level, Shoaf has been involved with ASCE–Pipelines since 2005 and with the UESI/Pipelines Division from its inception in 2015. He has familiarity with the Pipelines Division through contributions and participation in a variety of activities: assisting with preparing and facilitating the Large Diameter Pipeline Workshop held annually at the Pipelines Conference, serving as a session moderator and track chair for the Pipelines Conference for several years, serving as technical program co-chair for the 2022 Pipelines Conference in Indianapolis, and, most recently, as advisor to the Technical Program Co-Chairs and Steering Committee member for the 2023 Conference in San Antonio. 

Locally, he is actively involved in the ASCE San Diego Section’s Pipeline & Environmental Group and served as a Board Officer from 2015 to 2018.

Shoaf holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University, is a registered civil engineer in the State of California, and maintains certification as a project management professional.