Lenexa, ENEXA, an. — Craig K. Denny, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, was recently honored with the Region 7 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the lifetime efforts of civil engineers who further advance the field through their contributions, innovative concepts, research, and materials.
Denny is a senior principal and senior consultant at Terracon, a multi-disciplined engineering firm, and has been with the company for more than 40 years.
He has been active with local and regional ASCE activities and events since 1973. He joined the Kansas City Chapter in 1985, and became an ASCE Fellow Member in 1991. He is also active in his community and is a part of the Shawnee Mission School Board, Rotary Club of Lenexa, Lenexa Economic Development Council, Lenexa Park & Recreation Board, many additional groups and societies over the last four decades.
“Craig has extensively promoted the profession and helped in many ways to influence younger generations locally and regionally,” said Craig Buhr, P.E, Denny’s friend who nominated him for this award. “He has accomplished this through various collaborations and with his alma mater, Iowa State University, with various endowments toward the development of the science and engineering arenas.”
Denny has established several endowment and scholarship funds over the years to give back to the next generation of students who study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“The recent scholarship/endowment gifts given by both Craig Denny and his late wife Terry clearly display the family devotion to the entire realm of STEM development,” said Buhr. “But more importantly, these gifts display the desire to pay back the rich heritage of where one has come from with the long-standing desire of leaving a legacy of opportunities for those yet to come.”
Concurrent with his career at Terracon, Denny served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas from 2000 through 2004. In this capacity, he taught graduate-level geotechnical engineering subjects.