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Male, born 1924-06-17, died 2006-10-09

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Incorporated (WJE)

Professional History


Structural Engineer, Portland Cement Association (PCA) Laboratories, Skokie, IL, 1950-1956; Consultant, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Downers Grove, IL, c. 1956-1957; Principal, Janney and Associates, Engineers, Glenview, IL, 1956-1957; Partner, Wiss and Janney Associates, Engineers, Glenview, IL, 1957-1959; Partner, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Incorporated, Engineers, Des Plaines, IL, 1959-1961; Partner, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE), Incorporated, Engineers, Northbrook, IL,1962-1979. Janney retired in 1980, and returned to live in CO, although he remained on the WJE Board of Directors. Wiss was one Janney's neighbors living nearby to his Glenview apartment, while Janney met Elstner at the PCA's Skokie laboratory. (See, WJE, "Company History," accessed 03/26/2015.)

Member, Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI); member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Research Council on the Perfomance of Structures; Board Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI). Board Member, PCI. Founding Member, ASCE/American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee devising best practices for prestressed concrete in the ACI Building Code. He authored an influential handbook for the ASCE Research Council on Performance of Structures and the United States Government, Federal Highway Administration. Structures and Applied Mechanics Division, Guide to Investigation of Structural Failure(Washington: Federal Highway Administration, 1980.)

Professional Awards

Recipient, Civil Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE, Illinois Section, 1979; recipient, Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 1985; recipient, Forensic Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, 1991; named to the Engineering News Record's list, "(ENR) 125 Years, Top 125 Top People," 1999; recipient, Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 2000; recipient, John F. Parmer Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 2000; named to the Prestressed Concrete Institute's "PCI Top 50 Titans of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry," 2004.



B.S., Architectural Engieering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 1948; M.S., Structural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 1950.



Originally from Alamosa, CO, Jack Raymond Janney attended college at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Colorado at Boulder. From there, he took a job with the Portland Cement Association's new testing laboratory outside Chicago, IL, in the suburb of Skokie. He lived in nearby Glenview, IL. Janney opened an engineering consulting company in 1956, and partnered with a Glenview neighbor, Jack Wiss, a year later. From 1959-1961, the firm operated from an office in Des Plaines, IL, before it moved to its own building in Northbrook, IL. (The Northbrook office building had an addition in 1973 to accommodate the firm's steady growth.) The United States Gypsum Company purchased WJE in 1973, although the Northbrook office building remained the partners' property. In 1979, Janney stepped down from the presidency of WJE and moved back to his home state, to Denver, CO. He remained active on the WJE Board of Directors until his death in 2006.

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