Local Engineer Receives Top Award from National Society of Professional Engineers

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David Thaler (Provided)

Local engineer David Thaler has been awarded the 2018 National Professional Engineer in Private Practice Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers. This award is the highest honor that can be given out for advancing the engineering profession and serving the public interest.

Thaler, a member of Temple Oheb Shalom, is a professional engineer and land surveyor and the Managing Principal of D.S. Thaler & Assoc., LLC., a long-established, highly respected multi-disciplinary firm practicing civil and environmental engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture.


A past-president of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, Thaler has been the backbone of professional engineering in Maryland, serving in leadership and board positions of the Society for over 30 years.

Thaler has published over 250 articles and five books. He has taught at over a dozen colleges and universities, including the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was guest scholar, and the University of Maryland School of Architecture.

Honored repeatedly for lifetime achievement by numerous organizations, Thaler is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and a Fellow of both of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Thaler also holds both the highest professional engineering award in Maryland, now known as the Thaler Prize, and Maryland’s highest Military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

The award will be presented at The National Professional Engineers Conference to be held in Las Vegas on July 20, 2018.

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