November 25, 2019

ASCE has announced the winners of the 2020 Outstanding Projects And Leaders leadership awards.

The OPAL leadership awards honor civil engineers for career achievements in each of five categories: construction, design, education, government and management.

In education, Raymond J. Krizek, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Hon.M.ASCE, NAE, director, master of project management program and executive management for design and construction program, Northwestern University won for demonstrated excellence in furthering civil engineering education.

Born and raised near Baltimore, Md., Krizek received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1954. Following work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he began his academic career at the University of Maryland in 1957, where he taught for four years as an instructor and earned his Master’s degree in 1961. After receiving his doctorate from Northwestern University in 1963, he began his 44-year tenure there on the civil engineering faculty, serving as chair from 1980 to 1992. He now holds the Stanley F. Pepper Endowed Chair at Northwestern.

Krizek takes pride in challenging, educating, and instilling professional values in engineers from around the world. He established and now directs a professional Master’s degree program in project management at Northwestern aimed at providing civil engineers and architects with a holistic overview of the technical, managerial, financial, and social challenges in engineering.

The ASTM honored Krizek’s contributions with the Hogentogler Award; as did the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with two of its most prestigious awards—the Huber Research Prize and the Karl Terzaghi Award. Krizek served as President of the Geo-Institute of ASCE and he was named an honorary member of ASCE in 2002. An elected member of the (US) National Academy of Engineering, Krizek has been recognized by the equivalent body in Spain, and was cited by the French Ministry of Education for his contributions.