The Deep Foundations Institute has named John R. Wolosick of Keller North America the recipient of the group’s highest individual honor, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA).The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of the deep foundations industry. Wolosick, P.E., S.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, will receive the award at the DFI’s 48th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2023, in Seattle.

“If there is one word that best describes John, it is enthusiastic,” says Theresa Engler, DFI executive director. “Whether it’s baseball, old Porsches or geotechnical innovations, John’s enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge is always evident. As a technical expert, an engaging speaker and a champion of DFI, John embodies the essence of the DSA. On behalf of DFI, I am excited to celebrate John and his service to the industry at our annual conference.”

Wolosick, a senior advisor for Keller North America, Atlanta, Georgia, works on projects across the U.S. from his home base. He has almost 45 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and contracting, and has authored of more than 35 technical papers.

He also has a long history of engagement and distinction in the industry. He served as president of DFI from 2014-2016, as a DFI Traveling Lecturer in 2018-2019, and the trustee liaison to the group’s Micropile Committee. He received the 2008 ASCE Geo-Institute Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award. In addition, the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers named him “Engineer of the Year – Industry” in 2017 and the Georgia Geo-Institute awarded him the George F. Sowers Piedmont Award in 2019.

He holds bachelor degree and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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