CDM Smith’s Habibian honored with Bechtel award from ASCE

Ahmad Habibian, Ph.D., P.E. (above, right), was recently honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award for his outstanding achievements in the engineering profession.

The Bechtel award recognizes a member of the ASCE who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of pipeline engineering in research, planning, design or construction.

Habibian currently serves as CDM Smith vice president and global practice leader for water conveyance. He specializes in infrastructure management, pipeline assessment and rehabilitation and trenchless technology.

“It is indeed a great honor to receive this prestigious award. My thanks go to all the great professionals I have worked with and learned from over the years,” said Habibian.

Habibian also serves as editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering & Practice, founding chair of the ASCE’s Technical Committee for Trenchless Installation of Pipelines (TIPS), and founding chair of the Underground Pipelines Asset Management Committee (UPAM). He has also served in leadership positions at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and was a trustee of the AWWA Distribution and Plant Operations & Maintenance Division from 2009-2015.

“Ahmad is an effective leader dedicated to enhancing the practice of pipeline engineering,” said Dr. Sri Rajah, CDM Smith principal and discipline leader for seismic analysis and design. “He has made a lasting impact on the pipeline engineering community and continues to provide exemplary service to the pipeline profession while preparing the next generation of engineers to advance the profession and take the helm of leadership.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

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