UPRM Graduate Mr. José López Recognized as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Division Selectee for Prestigious Engineering Instrumentation and Monitoring Award
Congratulations, José López!
The St. Louis District and the Geotechnical, Geology and Materials Community of Practice of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to announce Mr. José López as the MVD 2021 Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring Professional Award winner.
The Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring Community of Practice mission is to facilitate the sharing of information and resources and act as a proponent for the application of appropriate instrumentation programs.
This mission is to be accomplished through the advocacy and enhancement of the technical expertise of all members of the Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring Community of Practice by sharing of expertise, capabilities, and knowledge transfer across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the field of instrumentation and performance monitoring of projects.
Mr. López graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. He received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Missouri Science and Technology.
Mr. López served as the Project Development Team (PDT) member on the PDT assigned to rewrite/update and publish Engineering Manual (EM) 1110-2-1908 “INSTRUMENTATION OF EMBANKMENT DAMS AND LEVEES”. This EM is utilized by field offices, centers, and practitioners to help guide, plan, and implement effective instrumentation and monitoring of flood risk management structures.
Mr. López served on the PDT to better align the manual with risk analysis principles and risk-informed decision-making on life safety. He leveraged his vast knowledge of risk-informed decision making and risk analysis to better align current methodologies and instrumentation best practices with the Best practices for risk analysis in dams and levees.
Additionally, Mr. López brought some much-needed levee safety perspective and authored an Appendix on instrumentation for a levee system and chapters related to risk management. His dedication leads to enhancements to this vital EM in the areas of risk-informed decision making and instrumentation and monitoring.