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Distinguished Service Award for Rene M. Dupuis

Rene M. Dupuis

Rene M. Dupuis
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As president and co-founder of Structural Research, Inc., Rene M. Dupuis has been responsible for the research and design of several hundred innovative waterproofing solutions for complex buildings. These structures include the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Ontario Skydome in Toronto. Madison-area projects include the Dane County Coliseum, the First Unitarian Meeting House and, currently, the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Dupuis' research has focused on developing testing methods and equipment for new and existing roofing products and systems, and evaluating in-place roofing components. His professional services are regularly sought by owners of building complexes, trade associations, government agencies, the military and manufacturers and designers of roofing structural systems.

Dupuis earned four degrees from UW-Madison: a PhD in civil engineering, 1973; an MS in structural engineering, 1969; a BS in civil engineering, 1968; and a BS in agricultural engineering, 1967.

For the past 15 years he has given back to the educational system through his extensive involvement with UW-Madison's Department of Engineering Professional Development. More than 2,500 professionals attending UW-Madison programs have benefited from sessions led by Dupuis, and they have rated him an outstanding educator.

Dupuis has also conducted continuing education sessions for numerous construction-related organizations, including various chapters of the Construction Specifications Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Roofing Contractors Association. Additionally, he has educated the construction community through dozens of published articles and conference addresses. He is a contributing editor to Roofing/Siding/Insulation Magazine and Contractors Guide Magazine.

In 1988, Dupuis was the first engineer to receive the James Q. McCawley Award, presented by the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association for distinguished service in the roofing industry.

Prior to starting Structural Research, Inc., Dupuis was a vice president at Engineering Research Corporation; an assistant professor in the civil engineering department of State University of New York-Buffalo; and a structural design engineer at Arnold and O'Sheridan of Madison. His community activities include service as an alderperson in the city of Middleton, Wis., from 1980 through 1990.



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