For more than 50 years, Glenn Tarbox has dedicated his career to the engineering and construction of new dams – and upgrade & safety improvement of aging dams – of all types, both large and small. Since earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science from the University of Colorado, Glenn has focused his engineering career on the art and science of dam analysis and design. Along the way he has become a registered engineer in 12 U.S. states and the Canadian province of New Brunswick. He has served as design engineer, project manager or principal-in-charge on more than 25 major projects and has experience on literally hundreds of dams, including projects throughout the globe – in Argentina, Ethiopia, China, Sri Lanka, and Iceland. Throughout his career he has volunteered his time and provided technical expertise by serving in leadership roles on more than 15 different committees and organizations, including serving as the past president of the United States Society on Dams which in 2011 honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Also in 2011, Glenn was recognized by International Water Power and Dam Construction as one of the top 20 people who have made the biggest difference to dam engineering over the past 20 years.
These vast accomplishments have been recognized yet again. Glenn has been named the Legacy Award winner for 2016 by ENR Northwest. The publication wrote a feature piece on his career and impact, Glenn Tarbox: A Living legacy of dam innovation and mentorship.