October 9, 2014

Founding AAWRE Diplomate Elvidio Diniz, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE passed away on September 5 at the age of 68 while he was on travel in India. His passing came as a shock to many in the engineering profession, as Elvidio was still very active in the profession and his volunteer time with ASCE and EWRI. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

Mr. Elvidio Olavo Vidalito Bernardino Diniz was the principal engineer at his consulting firm EVD LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in all types of civil design and water resources projects, his work ranged from design and construction supervision of storm management facilities to the preparation of large-scale regional water planning studies. This past year, Elvidio served as the ASCE’s Region 6 governor and as a member of ASCE, Diniz volunteered his time to serve in several leadership roles with its New Mexico Section, including Section President in 2008, and as the awards coordinator for the New Mexico State Science Fair since 2006. He served on several ASCE technical and policy committees at both the local and national level, including chair of the New Mexico Section’s Water Resources Technical Group (1990-1996), a member of the Urban Water Resources Technical Committee (1992-1996), and chair of the Sediment Production and Control in Urban Areas Task Committee (1993-1998). A life member of ASCE since 2011, Elvidio received the National Capital Section’s Outstanding Student Award in 1968.

Elvidio was born on December 30, 1946 in Goa, India, and grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. In 1964, he came to the U.S. to attend Catholic University in Washington, DC where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Later, he went on to earn his master’s degree in civil engineering/water resources from the University of New Mexico in 1970, and completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, Diniz began his professional career in Texas, and joined the Albuquerque engineering community in 1978. In 1981, Diniz launched his own water resources engineering firm, Resource Technology Inc., which he ran for over 25 years and specialized in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, floodplain mapping, and erosion/sediment control studies. In addition to his professional activities, Diniz served as a course instructor, and adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico and also as a New Mexico State Science Fair judge, illustrating his commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers and scientists.

AAWRE founding president Jeff Bradley reflected:

“Elvidio Diniz was a great representative of the engineering profession and ASCE.  Over many years Elvidio contributed his time and energy in many volunteer roles for ASCE and EWRI.  We will greatly miss him.”

A friend and colleague, Brian Wahlin stated:

“I am saddened to hear this news.  It’s shocking because I spoke to Elvidio the day before he left for India and he sounded fine to me.  Elvidio was passionate about the civil engineering profession and devoted much of his time furthering the cause of ASCE.  He was involved in numerous ASCE technical committees and severed as the New Mexico Section president.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with him over the years about ASCE and water resources (issues) in New Mexico.  This is a great loss to the civil engineering profession.”

The New Mexico Section of ASCE has set up a memorial scholarship fund in the name of Elvidio Diniz. Checks can be sent to:

ASCE Memorial Fund
5030 Justin Drive NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
USA

To read ASCE's tribute to Elvidio