Title: Civil Engineering Educator
Location: Buffalo, New York, United States
Dale Dean Meredith, PhD, PE, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil engineering.
An award-winning civil engineer with nearly five decades of experience in his field, Dr. Meredith possesses expertise in water resources. His strong interest in the science of the way things work is attributed to his early experiences growing up on a rural farm in Southern Illinois. “Life was simple and the world was small. My family came from Columbus, Ohio in 1830 in a wagon with six other families. The entire community is from the seven families that settled in Southern Illinois during that time,” he shares, adding that being raised on a farm required him to learn how to use his hands, think tactically and find solutions. The sense of critical thinking, resourcefulness and active learning became natural to him and it led him to want to apply this to his professional career outside of the farm as he entered adulthood. To prepare for a career in engineering, Dr. Meredith attended the University of Illinois, where over the course of five years he achieved a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a PhD. Upon graduating in 1968, he took his first role as an assistant professor for the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Early on in his career, Dr. Meredith established himself as an emerging leader in his field. He became a registered professional engineer in the states of Illinois and New York before relocating to Buffalo, New York, to settle into academia as his full-time profession. He loved to teach. Dr. Meredith’s most noteworthy roles in his career include his time as a professor and chairman in the department of civil engineering at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He served the university on its faculty for a total of 27 years.
Dr. Meredith is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, for which he previously served as chairman of the executive committee for its Water Resources Planning and Management division. He also served as editor of the division’s journal under the same name. He has expanded the professional development by way of his involvement in prominent industry organizations including the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Water Resources Association. In addition, Dr. Meredith has published more than 50 articles to the Journal of the American Society of Civil Engineering and co-authored the second edition of an engineering textbook entitled Design and Planning Engineering Systems.
While retired from teaching today, Dr. Meredith remains active through his work as a senior pastor for the University of Baptist Church in Getzville, New York. Looking ahead, he plans to continue in this endeavor while taking the time to enjoy his favorite hobbies.
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