ACCOLADES AND AWARDS James Wilton Award winners announced 19 Nov 2013
Jacobs Associates News Release
Engineering consultancy practice Jacobs Associates recognizes the contributions of Joel Kantola and the late Bhaskar Thapa by naming them as this year's James Wilton Award winners.
Joel Kantola

Joel Kantola

The annual employee award, which honors the memory of James Wilton, former principal and president of Jacobs Associates, was made at last month's management meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions made by Jacobs Associates employees and provides an opportunity to acknowledge their innovations, implemented into either a Jacobs Associates project or one of its business operations, and demonstrating an individual's commitment to quality and excellence at the firm.
Kantola, PE, a senior associate in the Boston office, has more than 20 years of civil engineering experience in design, analysis, claims, and construction.
Bhaskar Thapa

Bhaskar Thapa

As part of the DC Clean Rivers Project he has been a project manager on the Anacostia River Tunnel and assistant project manager on the Blue Plains Tunnel, and is currently working on the 2,700ft First Street Tunnel in Washington DC. He holds an MS in Geotechnical/Offshore Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Thapa, who sadly passed away in June this year (2013), had over 14 years of experience in the design and construction of underground structures. He was an expert in NATM and was the lead tunnel designer and the design representative during construction on the Caldecott Improvement Project. He held a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
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Obituary: James Wilton - TunnelTalk, 2010

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