Earth Tech and Menard Meeting

Seth Pearlman Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Pittsburgh, PA — Seth Pearlman, P.E., D.GE, NAC, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering Class of 2024.  Pearlman is the North American Director (CEO) for Menard and is on the board of Menard’s global group. He is directly responsible for management and board oversight of Menard USA, Menard Canada, Earth Tech (Florida), Farrell Design-Build (California), and ConeTec.

Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. NAE members are among the nation’s most knowledgeable engineering experts and have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations. Pearlman is being recognized for ground improvement technologies, geostructural design, and geotechnical construction techniques.

“Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering is an honor, but an honor that comes with a service obligation,” explains NAE President John L. Anderson. “As leading experts in their field, NAE members volunteer their time on initiatives that help guide the development of federal laws and regulations, improve the effectiveness of government programs, shape the direction of research fields and engineering education, and inform public knowledge and dialogue about issues of critical importance,” he noted.

Commenting on the prestigious honor, Pearlman said, “I am surprised and honored that my work has been recognized.  This could only have been possible by the tremendous efforts of all the people that I have been able to work with over the last 40-plus years.  I very much look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of our collective practice.”

Pearlman has more than 45 years of engineering experience with the last 38 in the geotechnical design and build construction industry.  Pearlman joined Menard in 2003. He is active in numerous industry organizations and served as the president of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) from 2006-2008. He has been honored many times. Among his awards are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Henry Michel Award for Research in Industry in 2015, the ASCE Geo-Institute Wallace Hayward Baker Award for achievements in ground improvement in 2020, and he was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2022. He has also won several Vinci and Soletanche Freyssinet awards for innovative solutions. Pearlman is a member of the ASCE, the Moles, and the American Concrete Institute. He currently serves on the DFI Scholarship Trust Board, where he helps establish funding for university scholarships. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He was honored with alumni service awards from Carnegie Mellon University and the CMU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He and his family reside in Pittsburgh.