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Who are Terry R. West and Richard E. Gray?


Terry R. West
Terry R. West

Terry R. West is a Professor of Engineering Geology in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN ( where he has been a faculty member for over 50 years. Dr. West holds degrees in geology, geological engineering and civil engineering and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Indiana Academy of Sciences (IAS). He is a Past President of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and of IAS, a Past Chair of the Engineering Geology Division of GSA and a Past Chair of the Highway Geology Symposium (HGS).


Dr. West is the recipient of several AEG awards: the Terzaghi Mentoring Award, the Claire P. Holdredge Publication Award, the Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, and the Honorary Member Award. He is also a recipient of the Medallion Award of HGS and the Distinguished Service Award of the Engineering Geology Division of GSA. He is the author of the textbook Geology Applied to Engineering, revised edition, published by Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL. Eighty-three graduate students have completed degrees under his direction, 18 Ph.D.s and 65 M.S. He has published over 300 papers and abstracts and has served as an active consultant in applied geology for 50 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and is a member and Past Chair of the North Central Section of AEG.


Richard E. Gray
Richard E. Gray

Richard E. Gray is a Principal of DiGioia, Gray & Associates, LLC (DGA). The firm was founded in 2004 by Anthony M. DiGioia, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. and Mr. Gray. Prior to forming DGA, Mr. Gray was a founder and one of the Principals of GAI Consultants, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for 38 years. Dick specializes in soil and rock mechanics, engineering geology, foundation engineering and is internationally recognized for his work in subsidence engineering. His consulting experience includes numerous geotechnical studies for large industrial developments, such as steel mills and fossil fuel, hydroelectric, and nuclear power plants. He has been responsible for numerous studies of slope stability, subsidence, seismicity, ground water, mineral evaluation and waste disposal, and the design of dams, foundations and tunnels. Dick has authored numerous publications and made presentations on engineering geology, subsidence engineering, slope stability, and soil mechanics. In addition to working throughout the United States, Dick has consulted on mine subsidence in Alberta, on Vancouver 7 Island and New Zealand, steel mill foundations in Iran, and mine fires in India; and, in 1967, he was the geotechnical expert on the team that conducted the feasibility study for the United States’ Indian Ocean military base on Diego Garcia.


Mr. Gray served as President of the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1978 and chairman of the ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Division in 1976–1977. Dick received the Pittsburgh Section’s Civil Engineer of the Year Award in 1985. For his achievements in the field of engineering geology, he was awarded the Geological Society of America (GSA) – Engineering Geology Division’s Distinguished Practice Award. He is a Past President and Honorary Member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). For his achievements in the field of Civil Engineering, he was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was Co-Chair of the 138th ASCE Annual Civil Engineering Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. For his work in Subsidence Engineering he was recognized by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) as a Distinguished Member in 1997. He holds ASTM’s Award of Merit and is an Honorary Member of ASTM Committee D18, Soil and Rock.


Past Awardees
  • 2020 – Katrina Ferry, University of Kansas - Undergraduate
    2020 – Samantha Tramontano, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Queens College - Graduate
  • 2019 – Nicholas Ferry, University of Cincinnatti
  • 2018 – Benjamin Hedin, Graduate
  • 2018 – Luke Weidner, Undergraduate
  • 2017 – Kelly Hickcox, Graduate
  • 2017 – Luke Weidner, Undergraduate
  • 2016 –  Victoria Leffel, Graduate Masters
  • 2016 – Christopher Lee Orr, Undergraduate Sophomore