Geotechnical Research Centre

William E. and Ruth Lardner Award

B. Lardner

Mr. Lardner graduated in Civil Engineering in 1952 from the University of Birmingham. He then emigrated to Canada where he built a successful career in the construction industry. His company, Deep Foundations Contractors Inc., is recognised as one of the most innovative geotechnical construction engineering companies. Deep Foundations has always been committed to seeking new and innovative ways to provide the products and services needed by the construction industry.   Deep Foundations has been recognized for its safety commitment by receiving The International Association of Foundation Drilling award for the best safety record in North America.  The company has completed more than 2,000 projects across Canada, the U.S. and Caribbean.                                   

He has been involved in many of the projects that dominate the lives of Canadians and North Americans:

Mr. Lardner is a past member of the Standing Committee for Structural Design for the National Building Code established by the National Research Council. He is the recipient of the Meyerhof Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society in recognition of his contributions to Canadian science and engineering, and 1998 recipient of the Toronto Construction Association Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Lardner credits Western Engineering, and particularly retired professor, Dr. Hugh Peacock, for providing Deep Foundations Inc. with outstanding young engineering graduates who helped the company become an industry leader. Lardner and his wife Ruth decided to give back to Western by establishing an endowed graduate award for engineers who have spent some time working with industry and have decided to enhance their understanding of technical issues in the area of geotechnical/structural interface by returning to school to pursue a graduate degree. 

Lardner hopes The William E. & Ruth Lardner Graduate Award will foster emerging leaders who will bring new and innovative ways to support unique geotechnical issues faced by the construction industry.

The award is valued at $12,000 and is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program who is doing research in geotechnical/structural interface or geoenvironmental/infrastructure interface, and has at least one year of consulting or industry experience.  Award will be given to a Canadian, Canadian landed immigrant (domestic) student or international student. As part of the application students must submit a one-page essay describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially. Please also include a letter of support from your supervisor and a current CV (job seeking format). The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre with approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will select the recipient. Please submit your application to Cynthia Quintus by September 12, 2017.