California Civil Engineer, Diplomate in Coastal Engineering to Receive National Civil Engineering Award in Design


RESTON, Va. – Ronald M. Noble, P.E., L.S., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, President and Senior Principal Engineer of Noble Consultants – G.E.C., Inc., will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of five 2020 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) leadership award winners. He is being honored in the Design category. The award recognizes Mr. Noble for his diverse and long-standing portfolio of work, well-respected within the engineering community—with a distinguished 50-year career that has allowed him to develop a wide breadth of experience and knowledge, from conducting coastal engineering navigation projects, waterfront and harbor structures, to hydrologic analysis and hydrodynamic modeling.  This award will be presented on March 13, 2020 during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Washington, DC.

Mr. Nobel’s remarkable career in Civil Engineering and Design has led him to design projects in over 35 countries. The immenseness of Mr. Nobles’ experience allows him to provide insightful solutions to challenges faced on projects and develop innovative and practical design alternatives. Mr. Noble believes in hands-on involvement in the details of the design to be able to provide valuable guidance to young engineers. To further this hands-on approach, he began to teach coastal engineering courses at UCLA and the Argonne National Laboratory. To further support the engineering design community, Mr. Noble has developed numerous hydrodynamic models and published over 35 technical papers and reports. He has developed national and international standards and guidelines in coastal and hydrologic engineering, and has organized, managed and chaired national and international conferences in the field of coastal engineering.

“Ronald’s commitment to the important work of engineering design on this country’s – and many others’ – coasts is inspiring for all civil engineers,” said Kancheepuram “Guna” Gunalan, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers. “The OPAL Award for Design is for someone who has tireless work ethic and passion for design and construction, and Ronald is exactly that person.”

Mr. Noble was elected to the Society’s highest honor, Distinguished Membership, in 2015.

Mr. Noble earned his M.S. in Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of California Berkeley.


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