November 13, 2019

The Hall of Distinction is a group of alumni who are extraordinary and are selected by their peers for membership for their career accomplishments.  Goodings is a graduate who performance has defined what is most outstanding about the University of Toronto graduates and the civil engineering profession.  She stands as an example and adds a sense of reality to the future generations of University of Toronto engineering students.

Goodings is associate dean of engineering at George Mason University.  Prior to that she conducted research and taught at the University of Maryland and co-founded and co-directed the UMD Master of Engineering and Public Policy Program.  She started one of the first student chapters of Engineers Without Borders-USA, which completed 10 international infrastructure projects under her leadership.  A gift was made to the university to endow the Deborah J. Goodings Professorship in Engineering for Global Sustainability in recognition of her EWB-USA leadership.

Goodings has also served to the US National Academies and National Research Council as well as to the institutional visiting and review committees in both the US and Canada.  She was elected as By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University in 1996.  She has achieved career accomplishments by receiving awards from the US Department of the Army; the US National Research Council; the US Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research; Professional Engineers Ontario; and the University of Maryland.

Goodings received her BASc in civil engineering from the University of Toronto and her PhD from Cambridge University in geotechnical engineering.  She is a Fellow of ASCE and a retired D.GE from AGP.  She’s a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and a proud Canadian.