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Jack Touseull Receives Award of Merit for Contributions to ASTM International Soil and Rock Standards


ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has presented the Award of Merit to Jack Touseull, geological engineer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center, in Lakewood, Colo. The Award of Merit is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities.

Touseull works on multiple D18 subcommittees and serves as member at large on the executive subcommittee (D18.90) and as chairman of Subcommittee D18.91 on Standards Development and Review. In 2005, Touseull received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for his excellent performance as chairman of Subcommittee D18.12 on Rock Mechanics. He also received the D18 Woodland G. Schockley Memorial Award in 2009 and a Special Service Award in 2011 for his three terms as D18.91 chair. 

A member of ASTM International since 1988, Touseull also works on Committees C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates; C18 on Dimension Stone; E36 on Accreditation and Certification; and E54 on Homeland Security Applications.

A graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering, Touseull has worked at the Bureau of Reclamation since 1979, when he started as a rock mechanics specialist. He has worked on new and existing concrete dams, earth dams, tunnels and shafts across the United States. In 2005, he joined Reclamation’s Geotechnical Services Division, Geotech Group 2, where his geological engineering work is focused on rock and soil mechanics issues for Reclamation water projects.

A licensed professional engineer (PE) in geological engineering in Arizona and a professional geologist (PG) and engineering geologist (PEG) in Washington state, Touseull has completed more than 200 college and continuing education credits in his field of work at various universities and specialty schools.

Outside ASTM International, Touseull is a member of the American Rock Mechanics Association, ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association, Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Bat Conservation International, International Society of Explosives Engineers, the International Society for Rock Mechanics and the National Speleological Society. 

ASTM PR Contact: Erin K. Brennan, Phone: 610-832-9602;

Release #9229

June 27, 2012

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