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The American Society of Civil Engineers' Pittsburgh Chapter has named James H. Garrett Jr. as its 2014 Civil Engineer of the Year.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

James H. Garrett Jr.

Noteworthy: Garrett has been named dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Age: 51

Residence: Glenshaw

Family: Wife Ruth Ann and children, Patrick and Ellen.

Occupation: Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Background: An Oakdale native, Garrett always has had an interest in bridges and how computers and other technology can be used to better understand the condition of bridges. From 1987 to 1990, he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught in the civil engineering department. He returned to Carnegie Mellon as an assistant professor in 1990. He was head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CMU, and is co-director of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator, also based at CMU.

Education: Garrett earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1982, a Master of Science in 1983 and a doctorate in 1986, all from CMU.

Quote: I want to spend this semester understanding the different departments and activities going on within the college. My goal is to essentially build on the strengths with collaboration from my colleagues here to essentially take us to this next level of success.”

— Tory N. Parrish

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