RESTON, Va. – Ted Craddock, P.E., M.ASCE, Assistant Deputy Director, California State Water Project, will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of five Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) leadership award winners. He is being honored in the Construction category. The award recognizes Mr. Craddock’s exemplary contributions to the civil engineering industry as an innovator in construction projects and programs. He will be presented the award on March 13, 2020, during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Washington, DC.

Craddock, P.E., is recognized for his expertise in the management, planning and risk assessment of water and power utilities for the State of California, Department of Water Resources. He is lauded for his relational and leadership abilities, organizing teams of hundreds and keeping them on track to complete complex projects throughout the state. After beginning his career as an Associate Engineer at DWR performing geotechnical and hydrological analyses of dams and canals in 1994, Craddock, P.E., has undertaken numerous management roles within DWR. This includes his time as the Project Manager of the Oroville Emergency Recovery project, a $1.1 billion emergency repair of the spillway complex for the largest dam in the U.S. He also served as Program Manager of the $250 million East Branch Expansion project. 

“The OPAL Award for Construction recognizes innovation and excellence in construction of civil engineering projects. At a time when construction materials are advancing with the latest technologies, Ted has been a leader of innovative construction in his various roles throughout this career,” said Kancheepuram “Guna” Gunalan, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Craddock, P.E., was named an ASCE Region 9 Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector in 2018. He also received an Outstanding Professional Achievement Award by the California Department of Water Resources for Gorman Canal Emergency Repair in 2008.

Craddock, P.E., earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Davis in 1994.


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