Dr. Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the society’s annual convention in New York City.
Distinguished member status is the society’s highest accolade. Only 649 of ASCE’s worldwide members have been elected to receive this honor since ASCE’s founding in 1852.
Iseley was elected to this honor based on his 37-year career as a researcher, educator and practitioner, encouraging innovative trenchless technology practices for the benefit of the public and engineering community, mentoring students and practicing engineers and fostering a dynamic evolution of the industry.
He is a pioneering leader in the pipeline and trenchless technology industry where his knowledge, vision, energy and passion have helped shape the industry today.
According to the ASCE website, “A Distinguished Member is a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.”
He was the founding director of the first Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), an industry research facility at Louisiana Tech University and Iseley returned to the industry/university cooperative research facility at Louisiana Tech University in 2014 to serve as its director. He is one of the five founding directors of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology. His success in this arena brought him a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its first trenchless research project.
In addition to his work with the Army Corps of Engineers, Iseley has spent many years teaching pipeline engineering students how to use trenchless technology to help them provide solutions to pipeline engineering problems. He has also contributed to the industry through his private engineering practice that focused on pipeline construction technique projects, and has assisted several Japanese firms with pipe-related technology.
Iseley is also committed to professional and community service activities. He served as a Technical Advisor Group member for the Indianapolis Department of Water for four years, and served on the ASCE’s (ACE) Mentor Program Board for six years in Indianapolis. He also played a role in concept development for the award-winning documentary, “Liquid Assets, The Story of Our Water Infrastructure.”
Iseley has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical and infrastructure assessment management related papers, and has served as a keynote speaker at international engineering conferences from Singapore to Iran to Australia.
He received 11 awards between 1991 and 2006 for research, trenchless technology and engineering. In 1993, Iseley was selected as the Trenchless Technology magazine’s Person of the Year.
Iseley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and an MBA from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University.