The longtime president/CEO of San Ramon-based engineering firm ENGEO, Inc., has been inducted into an Academy of Distinguished Alumni at UC Berkeley in recognition of his contributions to his industry, his alma mater and society as a whole.
The university's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department honored Uri Eliahu during a ceremony last fall.
Eliahu, a 1981 graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, began working at ENGEO as a project manager in 1986 before being promoted to president and CEO in 1992, a position he's held since.
The UC Berkeley department uses its Academy of Distinguished Alumni to honor graduates "whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to societal well‐being and development, both in the U.S. and around the globe," according to the department website.
Goals of the award include recognizing the professional contributions of alumni, increasing engagement among and visibility of department alumni, inspiring current students and enhancing the department's stature by highlighting key accomplishments of graduates, department officials noted.
An avid supporter of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Eliahu has created the ENGEO Fellowship in Geotechnical Engineering, strives to provide internship opportunities to department undergraduate students and sits on the department's advisory council, according to ENGEO officials.
During Eliahu's time as president/CEO, the company has expanded into an international engineering and consulting firm with more than 250 employees, with three offices in New Zealand and seven in California, including its headquarters at 2010 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 250, in San Ramon.
His professional honors include San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year in 2008, induction into the San Ramon Rotary Hall of Fame in 2010 and being named Most Admired CEO of the Year (Professional Services) by the San Francisco Business Times in 2010. The company has also received various industry Outstanding Project Awards and Awards of Merit during his tenure.