Clemson University alumnus C. Joel Sprague  has received  ASTM International’s top annual award.

Sprague, who received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson, is senior engineer and southeast region manager with TRI/Environmental in Greenville. He previously held positions with Sprague & Sprague Consulting Engineers, Nicolon Corp., Hoechst Celanese Corp., and Duke Power Co.

C. Joel Sprague

C. Joel Sprague

Sprague received the Award of Merit from ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to the development of standards.

Sprague was recognized for outstanding contributions to Committee D35, which develops standards for the geosynthetics field, and for contributions to the geosynthetics industry in general.

He was honored for his work in standards development, manufacturing audit protocols, and the harmonization of testing standards, which includes international cross-border harmonization.

Sprague has been a member of ASTM International since 1986.

The Award of Merit is the fourth award he has received from the international standards body across work on three committees. His work has overseen the initial standardization of or major revision to 19 standards, and he has coordinated inter-laboratory studies for seven test methods.

In addition to ASTM International, Sprague is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute, IGS North America, the International Geosynthetics Society, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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