Carnegie Mellon University
May 13, 2016

Pearlman Honored with University Alumni Service Award

Pearlman Honored with University Alumni Service Award

CEE Alumnus Seth L. Pearlman (BS ’78, MS ’79) will receive Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni Service Award at the CMU Alumni Awards ceremony on May 13, 2016.

This award recognizes alumni’s longevity and consistency of service over a lifetime of dedication to the university. For Pearlman, who sponsors scholarship programs for CEE undergrads interested in the field of geotechnical engineering and construction, this award is well deserved.

Throughout his career, Pearlman has remained engaged with the CEE department and the university. His volunteer service has included giving seminars and guest lectures, arranging field trips, participating in career events, and hiring Carnegie Mellon students.

Among his many service contributions, Pearlman has organized an annual golf outing for engineering professionals in the Pittsburgh area, and the proceeds fund the Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust scholarship. Pearlman’s efforts have enabled many students to pursue their education with CEE, and have encouraged a new generation of geotechnical engineers.

Commenting on Pearlman’s long service to CEE, Department Head Dave Dzombak says “CEE and Carnegie Mellon have benefitted from Seth Pearlman’s knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, and loyalty for over three decades. He is a model professional, and a model alum. On behalf of the entire CEE department, I congratulate Seth and thank him for all he has done for CEE.”

Pearlman also serves the university and the department as a member of the CEE Advisory Council, and his son Julian Pearlman graduated from CEE in 2014. “Success is a combination of the school and the person,” says Pearlman, “but having a good foundation really helps.”

In addition to his service to the university, Pearlman has had a long and successful career. Now the CEO and North American Manager of Menard Group USA, Pearlman has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. As an expert in ground improvement, he ensures that the foundations of major construction projects are firm enough to support the new structure’s weight.

When the famous Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada began to sink at a rate of about 15 mm a week in 1998, it was Pearlman who received the distress call. He developed a plan to drill grouted steel pipes 200 feet into the soil beneath the hotel’s basement, effectively saving the resort.

Pearlman not only strengthens the foundations for engineering projects, but he strengthens the foundations of CEE students with his continued service to the department. He will receive the Alumni Service Award during Carnegie Mellon’s 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony on May 13 in the Chosky theater.