Tinjum Elected ASCE Fellow

MADISON, Wis.— The American Society of Civil Engineers announced the election of Engineering Professional Development (EPD) professor James Tinjum as Fellow on December 13, 2019.

Tinjum said he is honored for the recognition of nearly 30 years of involvement with ASCE, dating back to his days as student, when he participated in the Society’s Concrete Canoe Competition.

There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow. Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and election by ASCE’s Membership Application Review Committee. It is a prestigious distinction held by 3% of ASCE members.

Professor Douglas Reindl, EPD’s Department Chair, said of Tinjum’s Fellowship, “this is a testament to professor Tinjum’s significant contributions to the advancement of civil and environmental engineering, specifically environmental and energy geotechnics.



“He is a recognized expert in the dynamic response of wind turbine generator foundations, with two fully instrumented field sites, among the first of their kind in the world. He has made a substantial impact here at EPD with his research, teaching and mentoring.”

Tinjum teaches in, and directs geotechnical engineering courses at EPD. He has specialized technical knowledge in geotechnical and remedial investigation, slope stability analysis and design, and field engineering/construction management.

His passion for renewable and sustainable energy has taken him on lengthy biking tours around the upper Midwest to promote solar and wind power. Tinjum’s engagement and outreach efforts have increased awareness in the region, and established him as a thought leader in the subject.

Tinjum is one of the first researchers to install, calibrate and monitor a campus-scale geothermal exchange system with a fiber-optic-distributed, temperature-sensing network. He also has extensive experience in landfill design and site remediation.

As part of his Fellowship, Tinjum will receive a framed certificate, and will be invited to ASCE’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders Awards gala.


For more information, please contact:
Dave Peterson | | (608) 262-2813
Faculty Associate, Engineering Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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