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Jerry DiMaggio receives ASCE’s OPAL Award

News | January 18, 2016 | By:

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued a press release Jan. 14 naming Jerry A. DiMaggio as one of its 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) leadership award winners.

Currently a principal engineer at Applied Research Associates Inc., DiMaggio, P.E., D.GE, is being honored for his work in government. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) principal bridge engineer/geotechnical, DiMaggio officially retired Oct. 3, 2008, after a 33-year career with the agency. But he continued to be active in post-FHWA retirement, accepting a position with the National Academies Special Project Division where he was the implementation manager of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP).

The press release noted that DiMaggio will receive the award March 17, 2016, during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Va.

Specializing in civil engineering and construction services, strategic planning, innovation deployment, business plan development and implementation, DiMaggio served on numerous national and international projects related to limit states design (LRFD), risk management, innovative contracting, and accelerated construction. He was most recently the implementation coordinator for the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) at the National Academies in Washington, D.C.

The press release stated: “DiMaggio has provided consulting services on approximately 1,000 civil construction and business-related projects in all 50 states, throughout Central and South America, several Middle Eastern countries, and Australia.”

“Jerry is an excellent communicator and talented leader whose contributions to FHWA, SHRP2 and Applied Research Associates Inc. are invaluable,” said ASCE president Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE.

In addition to consulting services, DiMaggio has presented hundreds of seminars and workshops on structural foundations, retaining structures, and engineered earthworks for bridges, buildings and energy facilities. He has also served on numerous committees and task forces for development of national technical guidelines, specifications and testing standards.

Among his many professional awards and honors, DiMaggio has received the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Achievement Medal, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Administrator’s Award, and the FHWA’s “Engineer of the Year.” He has also received special recognition for his career contributions from ASCE and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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