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D.V. Griffiths honored as Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Griffiths was recognized for "important contributions in universally increasing the safety and economy of geotechnical engineering projects"
D.V. Griffiths

D.V. Griffiths, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The highest honor bestowed by ASCE, Distinguished Membership recognizes professionals who have attained eminence in some branch of engineering or the related arts and sciences, including the fields of engineering education and construction. No more than one Distinguished Member per 7,500 ASCE members can be elected in any given year.

Griffiths was recognized for his “important contributions in universally increasing the safety and economy of geotechnical engineering projects.”

“Griffiths has advanced the state of knowledge among practitioners throughout ASCE and educated those who, worldwide, apply themselves to risk assessment and finite element modeling in geotechnical engineering,” the ASCE wrote in announcing the honor.

Griffiths’ legacy includes more than 350 papers and three textbooks that have gone into multiple editions including the Chinese language.

Griffiths joined Mines in 1994 after serving on the faculty at the University of Manchester (UK). His research focuses on finite element software development and risk assessment in geotechnical engineering.

Griffiths is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado, and holds a BSc, PhD and DSc in civil engineering and computational geomechanics from the University of Manchester (UK), and a MS in geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

During his career, Griffiths has served ASCE in an array of leadership positions, including Colorado Section President, Regional Governor and Board of Direction member as a Regional Director. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). Griffiths’ recent professional accolades include the ASCE H. Bolton Seed Medal and being named the Canadian Geotechnical Society Cross-Canada Lecturer.

Watch a profile video and Griffiths' acceptance speech at

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