On September 13, 2011, the Membership Applications Review Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) unanimously voted J. David Frost, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng. a Fellow of the Society. The ASCE Fellow designation is one of the highest honors civil engineers can receive from their peers; fewer than 5 percent of ASCE members earn the title.
Frost is a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has served as a pioneer in developing and using information and imaging technologies in geotechnical engineering applications. He has conducted research aimed at leveraging the capabilities of these technologies in providing new insight and innovative solutions for geotechnical engineering problems. He has regularly delivered keynote lectures and taught courses, organized and chaired conferences and workshops, and coordinated and led post-disaster reconnaissance teams worldwide that have advocated for the use of these technologies.
Frost has received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for more than twenty years, including a National Young Investigator Award to support his work on “Imaging and Information Systems”. His research has led to the development of several multi-sensor devices for which he has been granted patents. Software products developed in his programs have been commercialized and have led to the creation of a technology company that currently serves more than 350 clients worldwide. Frost is co-founder and co-chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, a leader in post-disaster studies that deploys research teams globally with NSF support after extreme events. He has personally led or served on study teams to Turkey, India, China Chile and Japan. In addition, he led a data collection team to the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks.
Frost has organized numerous technical meeting sessions and workshops and served as chair and proceedings co-editor of the 2006 Geo-Congress of the ASCE Geo-Institute on “Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age”. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering Outstanding Paper Award, the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the ASTM Hogentogler Award.
Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 140,000 Civil Engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.