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Mike Mooney recognized with Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award

Mooney was honored for his work on Northeast Boundary Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
Mike Mooney

Mike Mooney, Grewcock Chair Professor of Underground Construction and Tunneling at Colorado School of Mines, was honored with the 2024 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  

Mooney was recognized for “innovations in forward prediction of tunnel-induced ground deformation and tunnel boring machine cutting-tool wear applied to overcome very complex urban conditions” on the Northeast Boundary Tunnel project in Washington, D.C. Mooney and his team implemented prediction tools that addressed challenges and quantified spatial uncertainty.  

The Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award honors contributions to design or construction of foundations, earthworks, retaining structures or underground construction. Emphasis is placed on constructed works in which serious difficulties were overcome or substantial economics were achieved.  

Mooney leads the Center for Underground at Mines and is the director of the Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering graduate degree program. His research and teaching focuses on planning, analysis, design, construction, monitoring and rehabilitation of tunnels, underground civil structures and other infrastructure systems. Mooney is a licensed professional engineer and provides technical expertise to project owners, designers, contractors and equipment suppliers. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from University of California, Irvine and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in physics from Hastings College. 

ASCE represents more than 160,000 civil engineers in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, it is the U.S.’s oldest national civil engineering society. 

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