David Thomas Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Society’s highest accolade, to date only 649 of ASCE’s worldwide members have been elected to receive this honor since ASCE’s founding in 1852.
Iseley was recognized for his invaluable contributions to the pipeline and trenchless technology industry, where his 37-year career as a researcher, educator and practitioner has made a huge impact. He received the award at the ASCE Annual Convention in New York, Oct. 11-14.
He was the founding director of the first Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), an industry research facility at Louisiana Tech University, and was one of the five founding directors of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology. His success in this arena brought him a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for their first trenchless research project.
In addition to his work with the Corps, Iseley has spent many years teaching pipeline engineering students how to use trenchless technology to help them provide solutions to pipeline engineering problems. He has also contributed to the industry through his private engineering practice that focused on pipeline construction technique projects, and has assisted several Japanese firms with pipe-related technology.
Iseley is also committed to professional and community service activities. He served as a Technical Advisor Group member for the Indianapolis Department of Water 4 years, and served on the ASCE’s (ACE) Mentor Program Board for 6 years in Indianapolis, Ind. He also played a role in concept development for the award-winning documentary, “Liquid Assets, The Story of Our Water Infrastructure.”
Iseley has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical and infrastructure assessment management related papers, and has served as a keynote speaker at international engineering conferences from Singapore to Iran to Australia. He received 11 awards between 1991 and 2006 for research, trenchless technology and engineering. In 1993, Iseley was selected as the Trenchless Technology’s Person of the Year.
Iseley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering (BSCE) and an MBA from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University.