Drs. Ed Kavazanjian and Patrick J. Fox were the recipients of 2009 awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kavazanjian received the Ralph B. Peck Award and Fox was recognized with the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award.
Ralph B. Peck Award—Edward Kavazanjian Jr.
The Ralph B. Peck Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of a thoughtful, researched case history or histories, or the publication of recommended practices or design methodologies based on the evaluation of case histories.
The 2009 Peck Award for Kavazanjian was presented to him “for the use of case histories to evaluate static and dynamic properties of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste and to illustrate their application in landfill engineering. Through the use of case histories documented in his peer-reviewed publications, in refereed journals, and in conference proceedings, Dr. Kavazanjian has significantly advanced the state-of-the-practice and the state of geotechnical landfill engineering.”
Kavazanjian is currently an associate professor and interim chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Arizona State University, http://kavazanjian.faculty.asu.edu.
Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award—Patrick J. Fox
Fox was awarded the 2009 Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, with ASCE recognizing his paper “Effect of progressive failure on measured shear strength of geomembrane/GCL interface,” which was coauthored with Dr. Robert H. Kim. It was published in Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 134(4).
The Middlebrooks Award is made to the author or authors of a paper published by ASCE and judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering. Papers written by young engineers are given preference.
Fox is currently a professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. From 2003–2009, he was an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Ohio State University.