Iowa Engineer Honored for Distinguished Service to the Profession

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Gregs G. Thomopulos, P.E., F.ASCE, F.ACEC, received the National Society of Professional Engineers' 2010 Distinguished Service Award at its recent annual meeting in Orlando.

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. 

Gregs G. Thomopulos, P.E., F.ASCE, F.ACEC, has 45 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry and is currently the chairman and CEO of Stanley Consultants Inc. He received his bachelor's degree, with highest distinction, in civil engineering from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in structural engineering and structural mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, by Teikyo Marycrest University in Davenport, Iowa, and an honorary doctor's of science from the University of Iowa in 2010. 

He joined Stanley Consultants in 1965 as an engineering intern and was assigned overseas in 1968, spending 10 years on various assignments. He was elected vice president, international division, in 1978 and was responsible for all of the firm's operations outside the United States which took him to over 35 countries—primarily in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean—overseeing the design and construction of infrastructure, energy, and environmental projects. He was elected president of the firm in 1987 and became CEO in 1998. He was subsequently elected chairman in 2007.

A professional engineer in 14 states and Puerto Rico, Thomopulos is a fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of the Iowa Engineering Society and NSPE. He has served on the advisory boards of the University of Iowa College of Engineering; the Iowa Institute of Hydraulics Research; the University of Kansas School of Engineering; and International Center for Water Resources at Central State University, a historically black college in Ohio. He was a member of the 2006-07 U.S. Department of State Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Panel. Thomopulos currently serves as a member of the University of Iowa Foundation Board and the President's Council of Olin College of Engineering.

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