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Geotechnical engineering conference celebrates distinguished emeritus faculty member

Banquet honoring Dr. Richard Handy and speakers in geotechnical engineering are highlights of upcoming Iowa ASCE conference

Dr. Richard Handy (above) will be honored at this year’s Iowa ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Conference

The Iowa chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be hosting its Geotechnical Engineering Conference on March 8-9 at the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center in Ames.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, with a public banquet honoring Dr. Richard Handy (BSGEOL’51, MSGEOL’53, PhDCE’56). Handy, who is an alumnus of the Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is a leader in the engineering profession as well as a respected emeritus faculty member of ISU CCEE.

Al Lutenegger (BSConE’75, MSCE’77, PhDCE’79) will be the guest speaker at the banquet. Lutenegger (also an alumnus of ISU CCEE) will discuss career development in his speech entitled “Looking Back and Looking Ahead: How a Career in Geotechnical Engineering was influenced by ISU.”

Please register for the event by visiting Registration closes Monday, March 6, 2017. Cost varies. A breakdown of pricing is below:

Conference Registration On/Prior to Feb. 28, 2017 After Feb. 28, 2017
ASCE Member Registration Fee $225.00 $240.00
Non-Member Registration Fee $250.00 $265.00
Retired ASCE Members/
Life Members
$112.50 $120.00

*Banquet ticket is included with conference registration

Special pricing is available for students and for individuals only attending the banquet portion of the event. Please see the chart below:

Conference Registration Price
Individual-Banquet Only $30.00
Student-Conference Registration w/ Banquet & Lunch $30.00
Student-Conference Registration w/Banquet (No Lunch) $20.00
Student-Conference Registration w/Lunch (No Banquet) $20.00
Student-Banquet Only Free (notify Aubrey Robertson by emailing

Speakers and seminars will start on the morning of Thursday, March 9. Also held at the Scheman Building, these seminars will cover the following topics …

  • Building the Panama Canal: Challenges, Design, and Construction
  • Geotechnical Features of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project
  • Geotechnical Considerations for Design of Helical Piers and Anchors
  • Performance of Geotextile Reinforced Walls
  • Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Coordination
  • Seismic Site Classification and Hazard Analysis
  • Lessons Learned from Earth Retaining Structures

Speakers and seminars start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about this event, please contact Aubrey Robertson at You can view this event on our website,, on the homepage under “Events.” Click on the event for full details. Follow ISU CCEE on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with professional opportunities like this one.