Allen M. Yourman, Jr., P.E, G.E.

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated Categories
Lifetime Achievement Award
Other Categories
Awards:

Mr. Yourman served as the lead geotechnical engineer for 12 projects that were awarded the outstanding project award from CalGeo (formerly California Geotechnical Engineers Association [CGEA]).  Some of the award-winning projects were the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), Los Angeles World Airports LAX Tom Bradley Terminal Expansion, Port of Long Beach Pier T Container Terminal, Port of Los Angeles Berths 212-215 Container Terminal, and Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Henry Ford Avenue Grade Separation.

In 2017, the Orange County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) gave him their Lifetime Achievement award.  In 2022, the Orange County Branch of ASCE gave him their Lifetime Achievement award.

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Candidate Information

Name:
Allen M. Yourman, Jr., P.E, G.E.
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

Diaz Yourman & Associates, 1616 E. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Supervisor:
Education:

Allen M. Yourman, Jr., PE, GE, received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Engineering from UCLA.  For his master’s degree, he specialized in soil mechanics and researched the static behavior of reinforced earth (mechanically stabilized earth [MSE]) retaining walls.  Later, he continued his education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Experience:

Mr. Yourman is employed at Diaz Yourman & Associates, a firm he co-founded in 1992 with his mentor and partner of 35+ years, Mr. Gerald M. Diaz, PE, GE.  Previously, he worked with Mr. Diaz at Harding Lawson Associates. He also worked at Woodward Clyde Consultants.  He continues to work at Diaz Yourman & Associates where he mentors staff while providing senior leadership on a wide variety of public works infrastructure projects, including ports & harbors, airports, rail, bridges & highways, utilities, and federal improvements.

Comments:

Mr. Allen Yourman, in keeping with the Engineer’s Creed (2021), has dedicated his entire career to the advancement and betterment of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as to the profession itself.  He has always given the utmost in his performance; has the highest degree of integrity, honesty, and standards in all of his business and personal dealings; and anyone acquainted with Allen knows that his conduct is exemplary.  Further, he has demonstrated for more than 40 years the example of placing service before profit, the honor and standing of the profession before personal advantage, and public welfare above all other considerations.  There could be no better choice than Allen Yourman, Jr. to receive the Los Angeles Section Lifetime Achievement Award.

Contribution to the Profession:

Mr. Yourman served as an officer on the ASCE Orange County Branch for over 10 years.  He is a past president of the Branch and past chair of their Professional Practices Committee.  He led a nine-year effort to change the County of Orange process to hire architectural and engineering (A&E) services using a qualifications-based selection (QBS) system instead of the County’s previous “pay to play” system.  (Several County supervisors were indicted, convicted, and jailed for their “pay to play” system.)  The County has now used that QBS system for A&E services for over 20 years.

He has provided geotechnical services for over 200 projects in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  Together with Mr. Diaz, they developed the prototype container wharf of the future in the early 1980s.  That design is still used as the basis for new container wharfs.  In addition, they introduced most of the current geotechnical design and construction practices in the Ports.

Mr. Yourman has co-authored more than a dozen technical articles for national and international conferences on various geotechnical engineering subjects.  He has lectured at 10 universities.

He has participated in the ASCE Orange County Branch mentor program for young engineers since the program’s inception.

Civic:

Mr. Yourman has completed 100 Angel Flight missions.  (Angel Flight provides flights for passengers who can’t afford airline tickets or for whom travel by land or by commercial airline would pose a physical hardship.)  In this effort, he has flown over 25,000 miles helping those in need.  His passengers have ranged in age from 2 years to over 80 years.

Previously, he served on several volunteer committees for Corona del Mar High School, including their Super Boosters Club (as vice president), Boys Volleyball Booster Club (as vice president), and as president of the Cross Country and Track Booster Club.

He refereed for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) for 9 years.

Allen and his wife, Kimberley, established the Allen & Kimberley Yourman Scholarship in 2009, which awards undergraduate scholarships at UCLA.  They have recently established the Kenneth L. Lee graduate scholarship, which will begin awarding funds in 2023. Both scholarships are designed to benefit geotechnical engineering students.

Mr. Yourman has volunteered for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Aero Squadron Reserve Unit (ASRU) for 7 years.  In 2017, he was awarded ASRU’s Professional Services Responder of the Year.

Suggested Award Summary:

Mr. Allen M. Yourman, Jr., PE, GE, was recently selected for the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Orange County Branch and then the LA Section. Allen is employed at Diaz Yourman & Associates (DYA), a firm he co-founded in 1992 with his mentor and partner of 35+ years, Mr. Gerald M. Diaz, PE, GE. With more than 40 years of total experience, Allen continues to mentor staff while providing senior leadership at DYA. 

Allen served as an officer on the ASCE Orange County Branch for over 10 years in numerous capacities, including president/past president of the Branch, past chair of the Professional Practices Committee, and mentor.  He led a nine-year effort to change the County of Orange process to hire architectural and engineering (A&E) services using a qualifications-based selection (QBS) system instead of the County’s previous “pay to play” system.  The County has now used that QBS system for A&E services for over 20 years.

Allen provided geotechnical services for over 200 projects in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  Together with Jerry Diaz, they introduced most of the current geotechnical design and construction practices in the Ports. Allen also served as the lead geotechnical engineer for 12 projects that received Outstanding Project awards from CalGeo. He was chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 from the Orange County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Actively involved in his community, Allen has served on several committees for Corona del Mar High School and as a volunteer for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Aero Squadron Reserve Unit (ASRU) for 7 years. He is an experience pilot and has provided 100 Angel Flight missions to passengers ranging in age from 2 to 80 years.  Angel Flight provides flights for passengers needing medical treatment, as well as children attending summer camps, who can’t afford airline tickets or for whom travel by land or by commercial airline would pose a physical hardship. 

Allen has dedicated his entire career to the advancement and betterment of the engineering industry. He demonstrates integrity, honesty, and exceptional standards in all of his business and personal dealings.  Congratulations, Mr. Allen Yourman!

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