His work with geosynthetics testing cited
ASTM International announced last week that L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), is the recipient of the A.Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from the Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. This award is presented to a member whose efforts have produced a particularly outstanding result or significant contribution to the work of the committee, according to an Oct. 23 ASTM press release.
The release continued: “A dedicated ASTM International member for more than 35 years, Suits works on several subcommittees within Committees D18 and D35 on Geosynthetics. He is a founding member and past chairman of D35 and currently leads Subcommittee D35.03 on Permeability and Filtration as well as the D18 group on the Geotechnical Testing Journal, where he serves as a co-editor.”
The press release noted that Suits is also a member of Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials and has served terms on the ASTM Standing Committees on Publications and Technical Committee Operations. He has received several standards development and service awards from D18 and D35, and was honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit and the title of Fellow, ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities, in 1986.
Suits worked at the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 years, where he was assistant soils engineer and soil mechanics laboratory supervisor, overseeing the performance of foundation design testing done in conjunction with the department’s $1 billion design and construction program. In 2005, he retired from NYSDOT and joined NAGS as executive director. NAGS, a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), provides leadership for the advancement of education and research in geosynthetics.
Suits is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute and has authored or co-authored more than two dozen articles and papers on geosynthetic materials. He was a member of the Organizing Committee for both GeoFrontiers 2011 in Dallas, Texas, and the Geosynthetics 2013 conference in Long Beach, Calif. Suits holds a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Clarkson University.
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