Thomopulos Inducted into Nigerian Academy of Engineering

IMG_9485.JPGGregs Thomopulos, P.E., Chair Emeritus of Stanley Consultants, has been inducted as a Fellow into the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Established in 1997, the academy is a national “Think Tank” for engineering and technology that provides leadership in national engineering and technological issues. Fellows of the Academy are drawn from among Nigerian and foreign engineering professionals who have distinguished themselves in business, academia and government. 

Thomopulos, a native of Benin City, Nigeria, received a scholarship to study civil engineering at the University of Kansas under the African Scholarship Program of American Universities, a collaborate program of the U.S. Department of State, select American universities and African governments.  He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Stanley Consultants in 1965 as a summer intern in the firm’s Muscatine, Iowa headquarters.  It was an unlikely union - a young structural engineer from Nigeria working for a small Iowa engineering firm operating in the U.S. and internationally.  No one could have imagined that the synergy created from the match would have such an impact on Stanley Consultants and the entire consulting engineering industry.

For 10 years Thomopulos worked for Stanley Consultants internationally before returning to the firm’s headquarters to lead the International Division. He was responsible for all operations outside the United States, an assignment that took him to over 35 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, overseeing the design and construction of infrastructure, energy and environmental projects.

He was elected president in 1987, a position he held for 20 years before being becoming chairman of the board in 2007. Under his leadership, Stanley Consultants reached new heights in terms of reputation, revenue and profitability, making it a formidable contender in the global arena. He retired in 2017, concluding a career that spanned over 50 years. 

A recognized icon in the engineering industry, Thomopulos also played a leadership role in the consulting engineering industry both in the U.S. and worldwide. He served as president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), which is the global association of consulting engineering firms, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and as chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the U.S. association of consulting engineering firms, based in Washington, D.C.   Through both organizations he was a tireless champion of quality, sustainability, integrity and ethics in global infrastructure.  His contributions played a significant role in elevating the statue of the consulting engineering industry worldwide.


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