August 2015, Vol. 70, No.8


ASCE to Recognize Dr. Tom Iseley as Distinguished Member

Dr. Tom IseleyIn October, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will recognize David Thomas (Tom) Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE for his contributions to the trenchless technology industry at ASCE’s 2015 Distinguished Member Induction Ceremony held during their Annual Convention, Oct. 11-14, in
New York City

As a pioneer leader in the pipeline and trenchless technology industry, Dr. Iseley’s knowledge, vision, energy and passion have helped shape the industry today. His years of teaching pipeline engineering students how to apply the technology’s principles has helped to provide a work force of engineers who can provide solutions to pipeline engineering problems, specifically in the field of trenchless technology.

He was the founding director of the first Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), an industry/university cooperative research facility at Louisiana Tech University, and was one of five founding directors of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology. It was his reputation, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit that brought a $1.2 million grant froASCE To Recognize Dr. Tom Iseley As Distinguished Memberm the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps’ first-ever trenchless research project, which evaluates and develops technologies for microtunneling, horizontal directional drilling, and cured-in-place pipe.

Dr. Iseley has enjoyed a successful private engineering practice focused on pipeline construction technique projects. He has assisted industry with the development, evaluation and distribution of evolving technology; provided leadership to a Japanese firm with the transfer of its proprietary pipe renewal system into North America; and assisted another Japanese firm with the redesign of the hardware and software of Sewer Scanner and Evaluation Technology. He holds the patent for “Apparatus and method for detecting pipeline defects.”    

He is committed to professional and community service activities as evidenced by his leadership participation serving on numerous technical committees and educational and civic boards: His most notable efforts are: ACE Mentor Program in Indianapolis; Indianapolis Department of Water for which he established an intern program and served on the Technical Advisory Board; and establishment of the Riverside Watershed Environmental Living Lab for Sustainability grassroots initiative with focus on water and energy.

Dr. Iseley played a role in concept development for the award winning documentary “Liquid Assets, The Story of Our Water Infrastructure” produced by Penn State. ASCE is the primary outreach partner for this project that received the 2008 Engineering Journalism Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies.

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