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New UESI President Elect and Board Governors 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020

UESI is happy to announce the election of the FY2021 President-Elect, Graham E.C. Bell, Ph.D., P.E., F.NACE, F.ASCE. Graham's term as President of the UESI Board of Governors will be October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. Thank you to all the candidates and everyone who participated in the election including the UESI Nominations and Elections Committee and the UESI Tellers Committee.

Graham E.C. Bell, Ph.D., P.E., F.NACE, F.ASCE - President-Elect

Dr. Bell, is a Vice President of Technical Services for Pipeline Solutions for Structural Technologies. Graham is responsible for technical support and quality for projects nationwide related to pipeline renewal and rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Bell has an appointment as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to these positions, Graham was is a Senior Vice President, Business Class Director for Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation at HDR, Inc. and was the CEO for Schiff Associates responsible for financial management and growth of the boutique engineering company. Dr. Bell has more than 35 years of experience and is nationally and internationally known as an expert on condition assessment, rehabilitation and corrosion control for linear and vertical civil infrastructure. Graham has been Principal Investigator and primary researcher on more than ten Water Research Foundation studies. Dr. Bell is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states and certified by NACE International as both Corrosion and Cathodic Protection Specialists. In 2015, Dr. Bell was named as a Fellow of NACE International for his leadership, technological innovation and applied research to improve corrosion control practices and awareness in the water and wastewater industries. In 2018, Graham was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his thought leadership, innovation and service to the professional society. Graham has served on the UESI Board of Governors since 2017 and received the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award in 2019.

Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D., P.E., R.L.S., M.ASCE - Governor

Dr. Dennis is a geodesist at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) where he performs research and assists in development of products and services that define, maintain, and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). His work at NGS includes determination of geometric and vertical control; survey data processing and network adjustment procedures; projected coordinate systems; analysis and modeling of time‐dependent changes to the NSRS; development of standards and guidelines; and public outreach. He is also president and owner of Geodetic Analysis, LLC, where he provides geodetic consulting services, including coordinate system design, GNSS processing and network adjustments, survey and GIS data integration, educational seminars, and creation of custom geospatial algorithms. Dr. Dennis is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in the Surveying and Geomatics Division of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute where he serves as Chair for the Division. His other professional memberships include the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association.

Mohammad Najafi, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE - Governor

Dr. Najafi has more than 25 years of experience encompassing engineering, education, research, consulting, and management of construction operations. Prior to starting his academic career, Dr. Najafi spent more than 11 years working on various construction projects. Dr. Najafi is the author of several books on trenchless technology and asset management, including 11 ASCE manuals and standards of practice and more than 100 technical journals and conference proceedings. He has graduated 14 Ph.D. and 84 Master's students and currently has more than 15 Doctoral and Master's students under his supervision at the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). As Director of the CUIRE at UTA, has led more than $3M research projects secured competitively from funding agencies such as Water RF, WERF and NSF. Dr. Najafi is a renowned international expert in utility and pipeline engineering and trenchless technology and has been a frequent invited keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Under his direction, a new Master of Utility Engineering and Surveying is being developed at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has extensive administrative and management experience of research activities gained through his position as Director of CUIRE. Dr. Najafi is an active member of ASCE, ASTM, AWWA, NASSCO and NASTT. He served as the Chair of ASCE Pipeline Division Executive Committee and was the Chair of ASCE Pipelines 2013 conference held in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the founder and currently Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems-Engineering and Practice.