DFI Announces Winner of 2014 Young Professors Paper Competition 

December 5, 2014, Hawthorne N.J.: Joseph Thomas Coe, Jr., Ph.D., of Temple University, is the winner of this year’s DFI Educational Trust Young Professors Paper Competition for his paper, "Comparison of Borehole Ultrasound and Borehole Radar in Evaluating the Length of Two Unknown Bridge Foundations." Coe conducted a study where the length of foundations at two bridge sites in Philadelphia was evaluated using ultrasound acoustic waves. A Borehole Ultrasound (BHU) system was lowered in a borehole alongside each foundation as 100 kHz P-waves were generated to develop a reflection image of the pile-soil interface. Foundation length was evaluated based on discontinuity of the reflected signals with depth. This system was developed to address inadequacies with borehole radar testing in similar applications related to unknown foundations.

Coe obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple University, he taught for two years at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He is an active member of DFI, EERI and the ASCE Geo-Institute, where he contributes to the Deep Foundations Committee and the Engineering Geology and Site Characterization Committee.

The award was presented at the DFI 39th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in October 2014 in Atlanta, GA, and Dr. Coe presented his paper to conference attendees. The paper will be published in a future issue of the DFI Journal.

The call for entries for the 2015 Young Professors Paper Competition will be released at the end of January 2015. See or for details at that time.

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.

Joseph Thomas Coe, Jr. receiving award from David Coleman, chair of the DFI Educational Trust