Bentley’s Walski named ‘Civil Engineer of the Year’ by ASCE section

Dr. Thomas Walski (right) receives the Civil Engineer of the Year award from the Lehigh Valley Section of ASCE.

Thomas Walski, Ph.D. P.E., F. ASCE, F. EWRI, of Bentley Systems has received the Civil Engineer of the Year 2017 award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Lehigh Valley Section (LV-ASCE). The award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of a civil engineer to the engineering profession, to the education and support of younger and future engineers, and to the community.

The LV-ASCE Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates nominees based on their professional and occupational achievements including positions held, research, technical writing, volunteer involvement in the community, and aid to educational development.

Walski said, “I appreciate the Lehigh Valley ASCE’s recognizing me with this award. I have been lucky to have worked as a water engineer, which enabled me to work on technically challenging projects, with outstanding individuals while providing essential services for people. I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had with great organizations from the start of my career though the years I’ve spent on the Bentley team.”

Since 2000, Walski has served as a senior product manager and research fellow for Bentley Systems. He is co-holder of several patents in hydraulic analysis, and his research in the water industry has resulted in significant improvements in engineering practices in applied hydraulics. Additionally, Dr. Walski has authored or contributed to more than 25 reference books and more than 100 conference presentations and journal papers.

Walski has served on numerous committees, is associate editor for the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and former editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering. To date, Dr. Walski has received numerous awards and honors including being named as one of the 50 water industry icons by Water and Waste Digest in 2011, and early in his career awarded as Outstanding Young Engineer by ASCE, Mississippi Section, in 1985.

Prior to his tenure at Bentley Systems, Dr. Walski served as executive director of Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and has held several environmental, sanitary, and civil engineering positions, including with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania American Water, and the Water and Wastewater Utility in Austin, Texas. Dr. Walski was an associate professor for Wilkes University, where he taught courses in hydraulics, water resources planning, and water supply design. Dr. Walski earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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