2017 Lifetime Achievement Awardee - Jess Schroeder


Jess Schroeder, PE


The 2017 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Jess Schroeder, earned a civil engineering undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1976, and graduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977.  He is registered or has been registered as a professional engineer in the following states: Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Louisiana.

He has been a member of ASCE for more than 35 years and served as an officer for 4 of those years for the Cincinnati Section.  He is also a member or Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

During his 39 years of engineering and management experience, our candidate has worked on hundreds of projects involving: landfills, earthen dams, high-rise structures, industrial sites, tank farms, airports, bridges, highways, retaining walls, and riverfront structures.  These were a wide variety of geological conditions were encountered including:

  • glaciated areas of the Midwest
  • flood plains along the Ohio River
  • gulf coastal sediments of Louisiana
  • landslide-prone hillslopes in Cincinnati
  • karst geology hazards in Kentucky and Indiana
  • abandoned landfills

It would be impossible to provide a comprehensive list of his major projects, but here are a few examples:

  1. Oversite for over a million dollars of subsurface investigation (including thousands of test borings) at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport for: passenger terminals, operations facilities, corporate headquarters building, freight handling facilities, storage tanks, runway expansions, new runways, taxiways, taxiway bridges, large diameter drainage culverts, and a roller-compacted concrete dam.
  2. A KY 9 / Licking Pike landslide-prone hillside remediation project (over three-quarter million dollars) involving: a tie-back retaining walls with 2000 soldier piles and tieback anchors, concrete facing, earthwork, and utilities.
  3. A half million dollar emergency repair program for the US-50 Landslide at North Bend Road in Cincinnati.
  4. Material management study for a new major runway at Nashville International Airport: 
  5. Expansion of the Army Sabre helicopter facility and new Air Traffic Control Tower at the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Airfield
  6. Eastern KY Power Cooperative plant expansion in Burnside, Kentucky within areas of highly karst-susceptible bedrock. 
  7. Geotechnical Investigations for projects that were technically challenging including: 1)  the Ohio River Bank Landslide in Portsmouth, Ohio and 2) the New Racino replacing the historic River Downs within a floodplain along the Ohio River bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

The candidate’s career also includes numerous publications and presentations.

  • where landslide cause and characteristics were determined
  • and an innovative repair design was developed that saved the State hundreds of thousands of dollars by utilizing shear pins at the over 50-foot deep shear plane.
  • With a borrow site study that included 90 test borings
  • A deep rock and soil embankment analysis,
  • And site-specific earthwork specifications, per FAA standards.
  • Dunnhumby Headquarters
  • Atrium I Office Building
  • Fountain Square West (Macy’s)
  • Queen City Square
  • Aronoff Arts Center