July 14, 2015

Theresa Engler, executive director of Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), has been elected to The Moles.  The Moles is the most prestigious organizations in the heavy construction industry.  Members are leaders in their profession who, through supporting their colleagues, are dedicated to promoting the industry.  They accomplish this through outreach programs and networking opportunities.  Engler was a unanimous selection.

Engler (formerly Rappaport) has served as executive director of DFI since 2006.  Prior to that, she was the assistant director from 1998 to 2006. She has been instrumental in DFI’s significant growth, tripling the membership base; expanding technical committees; and adding educational events, publications and regional chapters in Europe, India and the Middle East. Prior to DFI, she worked for the National Timber Piling Council.

Engler attended Fairfield University and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives as well as its New Jersey and New York Chapters as well as the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She is the first female board member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP).

DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.

John Roma, P.E., who nominated Engler said, "It was with great pleasure that I sponsored Theresa's nomination," said Roma.  He worked closely with Engler when he was the program co-chair of the DFI Annual Conference in Boston.  He added, "I have worked with Theresa for more than 20 years and observed the job she has done as executive director of DFI. Under her leadership DFI has grown significantly – to the benefit of the members and the industry." 

Tony Mazzo, Ray Sandiford, Dan Brown, and Dwight Metcalf, all well known in the industry lauded Engler’s selection as well.  Mazzo, president of Urban Foundation Engineering stated, "It is through Theresa's leadership, skill and dedication that the Deep Foundations Institute is recognized worldwide as one of the most prestigious organizations assembled to promote interaction between industry professionals for the purpose of advancing the level of technology and methodology in the design and construction of deep foundations."

Sandiford, who is associate vice president for geotechnical practice at HNTB added, "I am delighted to see Theresa recognized for her incredible achievements by acceptance to The Moles. Theresa has been one of the prime movers for disseminating advances in the field of foundation engineering and construction. Her role in moving DFI into an internationally recognized educational and industrial resource cannot be understated."

Brown, president of Dan Brown and Associates and vice president of the DFI Board of Trustees, had this to say about Engler, "Theresa is very much involved on a day-to-day basis with industry leaders in the design and construction of deep foundations.  She exhibits leadership in her work and has the ability and resources to influence industry leaders in a positive way."

Metcalf, area manager of Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers and member of the DFI Educational Trust Board of Trustees said, "Theresa is making a significant contribution to the construction industry in general and the foundation industry specifically – her inclusion in the Moles is most appropriate."