Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E., received the National Society of Professional Engineers' 2007 Distinguished Service Award at its annual conference in Denver.
NSPE's Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize NSPE members for their exceptional contributions to the engineering profession, to their communities and to NSPE. Persons in good standing holding the membership grade of Licensed Member, Member, Retired Member or Life Member are eligible for selection. Candidates must be recommended by an NSPE state society, with endorsement from two other state societies to display that the candidates and their work are known beyond their own states.
Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E., has had a diverse and successful career in engineering for over 30 years, working in the fields of academia, government, private practice, and as an individual entrepreneur in the water resources arena. He served as the dean of the engineering college at Valparaiso University for many years, rose to the vice-president level at a respected engineering firm, and has headed S.G. Walesh Consulting since 1993. In this role, he consults and provides expert analysis on water resource and hydrology issues to a variety of government agencies, and presents a multitude of educational seminars. In addition, Walesh is a prolific author who writes a regular column for the Indiana Professional Engineer magazine, contributes to PE magazine, and has published four engineering management/mentoring books which have been retailed by NSPE.
His work and contributions to the profession have been honored with several awards, including the Public Service Award from the Consulting Engineers of Indiana, a Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin, and the grade of Honorary Member of ASCE. Walesh holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Valparaiso University, a master's degree in sanitary engineering and water resources from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. in hydraulics and water resources from the University of Wisconsin.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 44,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.
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