Dr. Harry Poulos of Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company, Wins ASCE OPAL Award
On March 16, 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented Dr. Harry Poulos of Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company, with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in Design during its annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in Arlington, Virginia. The award honors an outstanding civil engineering leader for lifetime accomplishments in innovation and excellence in civil engineering design.
Dr. Poulos’ pioneering work in pile foundation analysis and design enables geotechnical specialists to better understand the way structures interact with the ground. He is particularly known for developing design methods for piled raft foundations, which combine the benefits of shallow and deep foundations to support high-rise buildings in many parts of the world. His contributions to large-scale projects can be found in modern, iconic structures around the world. He has designed foundations for supertall structures including Dubai’s Emirates Twin Towers and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; the Incheon 151 Tower in South Korea; residential towers in Hong Kong; and other buildings in Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Greece, Indonesia, and his home country of Australia.
Among his awards are the Australian-American Education Foundation Award, ASCE’s J. James R. Croes Medal, and the Australian Institution of Engineers’ W. H. Warren Medal. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He also was named as a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Poulos holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with honors as well as doctorates in geotechnical engineering from the University of Sydney. He teaches as an adjunct professor for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and serves as professor emeritus at the University of Sydney. Throughout 36 years of teaching at the University of Sydney, Dr. Poulos supervised 20 Ph.D. students, produced more than 400 papers, and wrote three books, two of which are considered classics in geotechnical engineering and pile foundations. He frequently is requested to lecture throughout the world.