ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers Inland Empire Section

Howard Peavy - Distinguished Career 2015

Howard Peavy PE has received our sections distinguished career award in 2015.  His selection was overwhelming, if not unanimous, based on his long record of service to the engineering profession; including training a vast of engineering graduates from Montana State University and the University of Idaho.  He was born on a small farm in Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering degree from Louisiana State University, Masters of Science and Environmental Engineering from Duke and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.


He started working at the Oklahoma Dept. of Pollution Control and began the chief engineer in the 1970s all while completing his doctorial dissertation.  He taught at Montana State University from 1974 to 1993 and he was the director of the environmental engineering program from 1984 to 1993.  He was the chair of the department of civil engineering at the University of Idaho from 1993 to 1998 and rose to the level of associate dean of the college of engineering from 1998 to 2010.


He is a professional licensed engineer in OK, MT and ID and he serves on the ASCE Board.  His professional involvements have included the National Institute of Water Resources Research as a board member and president and he served as president of the Montana Pollution Control Association.  He co-authored an environmental engineering text, published by McGraw-Hill in 1984.


He was selected to Engineering  honors societies including Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon.  He married Janet in 1996.  They have 6 kids and an extended family including 8 grandkids.  He retired in 2010 but continues to help the college of engineering at the University of Idaho, contributes to Habitat for Humanity and the Moscow Rotary Club.