The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has announced Michael Sherman, director of policy and research with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), is presenting the 2020 Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications during the DFI 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations. The event is being held online Oct. 27-30, 2020.

The Oct. 28 lecture is titled, “An Overview of the Federal Commemorative Works Process in Washington, D.C.”

Sherman leads the NCPC division responsible for conducting and disseminating research on important federal interests in the region, and developing urban planning policies on commemoration, physical security, foreign missions, transportation, sustainability, urban design and city form. His team is also responsible for developing and updating the congressionally mandated federal elements of the Comprehensive Plan and Federal Capital Improvements Program.

Sherman holds a master’s in city planning and a Master of Science in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and bachelor’s degree in architecture from Hampton University. He is also a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a variety of assignments, including managing contract construction projects in Iraq.

The Hal Hunt Lecture was established in 1989 to recognize notable communicators in the deep foundations industry. The lecture was named in honor of Hal W. Hunt, one of the initial organizers of DFI.

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