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Outstanding Alumni 2014

Dr. and Mrs. Lee Marsh and Dr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Burdette

Dr. and Mrs. Lee Marsh and Dr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Burdette

Dr. M. Lee Marsh (Lee), President Elect of BergerABAM, a consulting engineering firm located in Federal Way Washington, was honored as Outstanding Alumnus at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014 Spring Honors Banquet. The banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is given each year to an alumnus of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has excelled in professional practice. Lee was a stellar student at both undergraduate and graduate levels while at Tennessee. He was supported in his graduate work by an AISC Graduate Fellowship from which he produced two articles in refereed technical journals a practice he has continued throughout his career.

After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The University of Tennessee, Dr. Marsh began his career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Tennessee, facilities. He went on to earn a doctorate from the University of Washington in earthquake engineering and served on the faculty at Washington State University before joining BergerABAM.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Dr. Marsh has spearheaded many of BergerABAM’s seismic design and assessment projects and has been involved in the criteria development, design, and construction of many of the firm’s unique structural projects. During his tenure as senior project manager and principal, his work has included new designs as well as retrofit and rehabilitation designs for a wide variety of structures ranging from bridges and waterfront structures to airport facilities.

Dr. Marsh teaches a National Highway Institute course on the seismic design of bridges, serves on the Transportation Research Board’s seismic design and accelerated bridge construction committees, and assists the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Bridge and Structures with seismic design code development. He is a frequent speaker at various engineering professional organizations on the topics of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.

BergerABAM is a consulting firm with more than 230 staff members with offices in ten cities in addition to Federal Way, Washington. They offer services in a wide variety of areas of civil and structural engineering, including planning, environmental services, public involvement, construction management and support, surveying, and underwater inspection services.

BergerABAM is an affiliate company of Louis Berger, a 6,000-person operational services, engineering, planning, and consulting firm with offices worldwide.