Professor F. H. (Bud) Griffis is being honored with the Society of American Military Engineers’ 2007 Golden Eagle Award for contributions to the engineering profession. The Golden Eagle Awards Dinner—a premiere event honoring outstanding professionals in the engineering field—will be held on March 31, 2007, in Arlington Virginia.
Griffis joined Polytechnic in 2000 as a tenured professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Since then, he established a Center for Construction Management Technology and oversaw a $130-million construction and renovation program on the University's MetroTech campus in downtown Brooklyn. He was named department head in 2001 and vice president and dean in 2002. In addition, he is Executive Vice President in the firm of Robbins, Pope and Griffis Engineers, P.C.
A 26-year Army veteran, he was the area engineer and contracting officer for the design and construction of the Ramon Air Base in Israel and commanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction and Combat Units in the United States, Korea, Vietnam and Germany. He retired from the corps with the rank of colonel in 1986 after serving as commander and district engineer of the New York District.
The dedication and leadership Col. Griffis has shown in academia on both personal and professional levels rivals that of his military service. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Col. Griffis has two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University and is the author of two textbooks, with a third due to be published in 2007.