Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Brigham Young University
Location: Orem, Utah, United States
Leslie Youd, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Brigham Young University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.
Drawing upon more than three decades of industry experience, Dr. Youd is an esteemed engineer and educator who most recently served as a professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, from 1984 until attaining emeritus status in 2003. Prior to this illustrious role, he served as a research civil engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, from 1967 to 1984.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Youd pursued formal education at Brigham Young University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964. Subsequently, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from Iowa State University in 1967. He has since become a renowned figure in his field, having developed techniques for mapping earthquake-induced liquefaction hazards and techniques for estimating earthquake-induced lateral spread displacements. Likewise, he invented a system for coupling accelerometers into bore hole casings.
In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within his profession, Dr. Youd has maintained affiliation with numerous professional organizations, including the National Academy of Engineering and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institution.
Dr. Youd became involved in his profession after growing up on a firm and witnessing many engineering applications of civil engineering, ranging from irrigation systems to roads and buildings. Having the opportunity to conduct 20 post-earthquake investigations worldwide, he was instrumental in a site in the Imperial Valley of California to monitor liquefaction that occur during earthquakes, which he eventually saw in 1987.
As a testament to his profound success, Dr. Youd has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Honored with the H. Bolton Seed Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2002, he was named Utah Engineering Educator of the Year in 1995. Earlier in his career, he received the Maeser Research Award from Brigham Young University in 1991.
Married to Denice Porter since 1962, Dr. Youd is the proud father of five children, 17 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A native of Spanish Fork, UT, he was born in 1938 to parents Thomas Leslie and Mary Youd. Notably, he has been highlighted in the 35th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the West.
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