Meet new SME President William "Bill" Edgerton

March 4, 2021

At tomorrow’s conclusion of the MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo, held virtually for the first time in the Society’s history, Bill Edgerton will be installed as President of SME. Edgerton’s placement as President of the Society marks another first for SME as he becomes the first SME President to come from the Underground Construction Association (UCA), a Division of SME.

“I’m really excited to take on the challenge of leading the Society back from the land of COVID. I know a lot of people are working on this, and it’s going to take a village to get us to the point where we can all be comfortable with in-person meetings and networking again. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year as we return to semi-normal in how we conduct business,” Edgerton said.

With a background in tunneling and underground construction and other heavy civil engineering projects, Edgerton will look to establish a theme of finding common ground, not just between the UCA and SME’s seven other Divisions, but among all SME members, irrespective of Division, Section or other affiliation.

Edgerton recently spoke with Mining Engineering about his goals for his year as President of SME. The full article and profile in the March issue is available to members here.

A graduate of Tufts University in 1970 with a B.S. in civil engineering, Edgerton went to work for a construction contractor right out of school. He would continue project work for the next 17 years, including seven with Morrison Knudsen.

Edgerton worked his way up from field engineer to project manager on the construction of dams, bridges, marine facilities, roads, process and power plants and subway stations.

Edgerton, P.E. is a principal with the firm of McMillen Jacobs Associates, headquartered in San Francisco, CA. From 1999 through 2011, he served as president, directing strategic planning, business development and administration, while acting as the principal-in-charge and working in a technical capacity on various underground projects, including MWD’s Inland Feeder, Narragansett Bay CSO, Brightwater Conveyance, San Francisco’s Central Subway, and DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project in Washington, DC. From 2017 through early 2019 he was the construction manager for LA Metro’s Purple Line Extension, Segment 2, design-build subway tunnel in Los Angeles, CA and he is currently a technical advisor to DC Water for the Northeast Boundary and Potomac Tunnel Projects in Washington, DC. He serves on a dispute review board for a large underground construction project in the Mid-Atlantic region.

From 2013-2015 he served as the chair of the Executive Committee for the Underground Construction Association, a Division of SME; served on the SME Finance Committee, and was on the SME Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018. For the past 17 years he has served as an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) program evaluator for civil and construction engineering programs on behalf of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He previously served on the board of directors of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.

He has been recognized by the American Underground Association (AUA) as the Outstanding Individual in the Underground Industry in 2002, and received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Tufts University in 2010. In 2008, he edited the first edition of Recommended Contract Practices for Underground Construction as published by SME, and has authored numerous technical articles on contract and procurement practices. In 2012 he received the Golden Beaver Award for Engineering. He is a member of the Moles, and the National Academy of Construction. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University, an MBA in procurement and contracting from George Washington University and currently holds PE licenses in seven states.

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