Undeniably deserving of this distinguished award, the ASDSO Advisory Committee recently honored Dr. Faiz Makdisi, PhD, PE, D.GE, with the Danny McCook Medal for his lifetime achievements in the field of geotechnical engineering and dam safety.
Dr. Makdisi has committed his career to advancing the state of the geotechnical dam safety practice. His landmark paper, which he and Professor H.B. Seed at the University of California, Berkeley completed in 1978, was groundbreaking research. “Makdisi and Seed” advanced one’s understanding and ability to analyze the response and behavior of earth fill dams subjected to strong earthquake shaking. Nearly four decades later it is still considered a “must-read” for young geotechnical engineers. Dr. Makdisi has continued to advance practitioner’s understanding of liquefaction and seismically induced deformations of earth dams through his work on the bounding surface hypoplasticy model, which is now included in the commercially available program FLAC.