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T&DI Announces the 2016 Robert Horonjeff Award Recipient

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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W. Charles (Charlie) Greer, Jr.

W. Charles (Charlie) Greer, Jr. has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Robert Horonjeff Award.  The award will be presented at the International Conference on Highway Pavements & Airfield Technology in Philadelphia, PA,  August 27-30, 2017.

Charlie began his professional journey in the mid-1970s, immediately after earning both his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. His first and only employment stop was Law Engineering and Testing Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While Charlie remained Charlie, the company changed names/ownership throughout his 40+ years (Law Gibb, MACTEC, AMEC, and now AMEC-Foster Wheeler).

Charlie immediately made an impact in the discipline of airfield pavements, participating in the construction of Runway 9L at Atlanta's international airport in 1974. This runway was designed for a 20-year service life, and as of 2016 has served for 42 years. Can't help but think Charlie had something to do with this, spending countless hours in the laboratory putting up numerous concrete mix designs, and countless more hours in the field slumping fresh concrete and casting flexural strength beams. A good start to a long career.  Imagine, Charlie's career was just beginning as Horonjeff's career was coming to a tragic end in 1976. Not too long after the runway project, Charlie took and passed his PE exam and officially joined the ranks as a registered professional engineer (1978).

Respected by all in the civil engineering community for his knowledge and unbending ethical commitment, Charlie led a distinguished career as an innovator, technical expert, manager and mentor. With over 75 publications and presentations, Charlie was involved in countless projects at numerous airports, both domestic and abroad. Charlie implemented pavement management concepts at Atlanta's airport (ATL) long before there was commercial pavement management software available. The program at ATL has evolved over time to be perhaps the most robust and comprehensive pavement management program in the world.

In addition to a stellar career, Charlie has always been involved with giving a little back to his profession. He has generously volunteered his time as an active member of the ASCE Airfield Pavement Committee, having joined the Committee in the early 1980s. He remains a very active contributor of this Committee in his role as Emeritus Member.