Newsmaker: Richard E. Gray |

Newsmaker: Richard E. Gray

Age: 75

Residence: Salem

Family: Wife, Audrey, four children and four grandchildren

Background: A North Braddock native, Gray graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology — now Carnegie Mellon University — in 1956 and embarked on a career in the relatively new field of geotechnical engineering. He helped design several major projects including the Burns Harbor Steel Mill on Lake Michigan, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge across the Niagara River and the expansion of the Weirton Steel Mill in West Virginia. More recently, he’s worked on several mine-subsidence-prevention projects, and co-founded DiGioia, Gray and Associates LLC five years ago to specialize in utility line foundation work. Gray has led three major U.S. engineering geology groups: the Geological Society of America’s Engineering Geology Division, the Association of Engineering Geologists and the U.S. Committee on the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment.

Noteworthy: Carnegie Mellon University presented Gray with an Alumni Achievement Award during homecoming weekend, Nov. 4-6. He was recognized for his lifetime of work and for becoming an internationally recognized expert in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and subsidence engineering.

Quote: “I really enjoy the technical challenges of the work. I wouldn’t get up and come in if it was a budget meeting.”

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