BOSTON, Massachusetts – Kleinfelder Senior Principal Professional Dennis Doherty has been named by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) as a 2022 inductee into the NASTT Hall of Fame. The NASTT Hall of Fame honors society members who have made outstanding accomplishments and exceptional contributions to the advancement of the North American trenchless industry and the organization. Since its founding in 2010, only 31 professionals have been recognized with this high industry honor. Doherty will be formerly inducted and recognized during the 2022 No Dig Gala Awards dinner in April.
“I am both humbled and in awe of this honor,” Doherty commented. “I have worked with and learned from about half of the NASTT Hall of Fame inductees – they are my friends and mentors, and I couldn’t be more proud to join the ranks of this esteemed group of professionals who have profoundly shaped the trenchless technology industry.”
With over 40 years of industry experience, Doherty has focused most of his career on design, construction, and management of underground infrastructure through the application of trenchless technologies. He leverages his deep understanding of trenchless best practices and methodologies to manage risk throughout the design and construction process, producing safe, reliable, and sustainable horizontal underground infrastructure.
Doherty has been a member of NASTT since 1992 and has held various leadership roles, including being the founding Northeast Regional Chapter Chair, HDD Good Practices Course Instructor, Blue Ribbon Review Committee, and Student Chapter Advisor. As an industry leader, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to developing the next generation of trenchless technology practitioners. His efforts to raise money for NASTT’s Education Fund and sponsor NASTT student chapters have given students the opportunity to attend the national and regional NASTT conferences and provided standout students with scholarships.
Working with UMass Lowell, Doherty is helping develop a first-of-its-kind graduate-level certificate in trenchless technology, which will count toward a master’s degree in civil engineering. Doherty also works with the Center for Excellence in Trenchless Technology and Underground Engineering (CETTTUE) at UMass Lowell. Within Kleinfelder, Doherty leads the East Divisions trenchless practice and was instrumental in developing Kleinfelder’s Trenchless Technology University – an in-depth training program that provides staff with the knowledge needed to advance their careers and better serve clients on projects involving underground infrastructure.
Committed to the advancement of trenchless technology to benefit the industry, Doherty is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and, as one of several principal authors, he contributed to the ASCE Standard Construction Guidelines for Microtunneling and Pilot Tube Methods. He also led a joint task force in revising the standards and introducing section on trenchless methods for Gravity Sanitary Sewer Design and Construction.
Doherty joined Kleinfelder—a leading engineering, construction management, design, and environmental professional services firm—as a Senior Principal Professional in June 2020. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Texas, and North Carolina.