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2017 Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year

Dr. Joe Caliendo

Joe Caliendo

Dr. Joe Caliendo is the 2017 recipient of the Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr. Caliendo has been an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University since 1992. Prior to joining USU, Dr. Caliendo worked for seven years with the Florida Department of Transportation and served as the State Geotechnical Engineer in which he provided extensive design and construction experience on large bridges with major foundation systems.

Concurrently, he was an adjunct professor at Florida State University and the University of Florida where he taught evening engineering courses. Dr. Caliendo’s academic pedigree includes Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Detroit, Civil Engineering (1969) and Humboldt State University, Oceanography (1974) and a PhD from USU (1996). Dr. Caliendo is a Navy veteran, Navy Diver and a proud former member of Seabee Underwater Construction Team 2.