Academy of Distinguished Alumni Classes of 2020 and 2021


The CEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni announces its Classes of 2020 and 2021!

Join us in congratulating these cohorts of outstanding alumni on their many achievements.


Class of 2020

  • John A. Cherry, Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph; Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
  • John D. Hooper, Senior Principal, Director of Earthquake Engineering, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Steven L. Kramer, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
  • Iraj Noorany, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
  • George J. Pierson, Executive Chairman, Kleinfelder
  • Bernard Saunier, CEO and Founder, Saunier and Associates
  • Carolyn Searls, Principal, Head of Building Technologies Division, Simpson Gumpertz Heger
  • Philip T. Tringale, Senior Consultant, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

In Memoriam:

  • David N. Kennedy, Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Jerome F. Thomas (Honorary Membership), Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley


Class of 2021

  • Ross W. Boulanger, Professor & Director, Center for Geotechnical Modeling, University of California at Davis
  • Donald W. Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • William J. Dunlay, Managing Member, WJDunlay Consulting, LLC
  • Lorraine N. Fleming, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Howard University
  • Kimberly E. Kurtis, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Julie L. Labonte, Senior Vice-President/Global Program Management Director-Water, HDR
  • Linsey C. Marr, Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Associate Chief, Materials and Structural Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

In Memoriam:

  • Vitelmo Bertero (Honorary Membership), Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Richard Woodward, Jr., Founder, Woodward Clyde


Academy of Distinguished Alumni Banquet

On the evening of June 16, 2022, the Academy of Distinguished Alumni will hold its banquet to honor both the 2020 and 2021 classes. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, this year's banquet will be held at Lower Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley campus. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30pm, followed by a dinner.

To attend the banquet, complete the RSVP form and email it to Debbe Ali ( of Geosyntec Consultants.

Ticket payment needs to be in the form of a check made payable to "UC Berkeley Foundation," and mailed to Elizabeth Geno, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 760 Davis Hall MC 1710, Berkeley, CA 94720-1710.

Tickets are $100 each.


Sponsorships support undergraduates in attending the Banquet

You can be a 2022 Academy Sponsor, which will subsidize the cost for students and junior faculty to attend the banquet! We have five sponsorship levels:

  • Platinum ($15,000)
  • Blue ($7,500)
  • Gold ($5,000)
  • Silver ($3,000)
  • Bronze ($1,500) 

See 2021-22 ADA Sponsorship Opportunities [pdf]

If you would like to be a sponsor, contact David Friedman at

Deadline for sponsorship commitments is May 13, 2022.


Target for 2021-22

Funds from the banquet will support (CEE)²: Community-Engaged Education in Civil & Environmental Engineering, a new program launched this year to increase diversity and representation with engineering.

(CEE)² partners Berkeley CEE faculty and students, Oakland Unified teachers, and local leaders and groups to identify engineering challenges in underserved Bay Area communities, and build project-based high school curricula around them. The curricula is then presented to Oakland high school students, providing a deep-dive introduction to engineering problem-solving at the local level. By introducing young people to engineering challenges and inviting them to be part of the solution, (CEE)² aims to recruit a more diverse generation of civil and environmental engineers to the profession.

Throughout March 2022, Berkeley CEE faculty and students met with over 200 Oakland high schoolers across three site visits, to learn about earthquake safety, structural resilience, and wetland stewardship. (CEE)² hopes to reach over 1,000 students from several racially diverse Bay Area communities in the next three years. 

We hope to grow support from industry partners, organizations, and individual donors to support our ongoing effort!


Published 04/12/2022