The 2005 Rock Mechanics Award
Awarded To: Francis S. Kendorski
"For innovative work in ground behavior characterization in full-extraction mining in hard rock and coal, and in the application of rock mechanics to practical mining problems improving the working environment, especially in rock reinforcement design"
Mr. Kendorski is a Principal and Vice-President with Agapito Associates, Inc., in Lombard (Chicago), Illinois. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Kendorski holds a BS in Mining Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a MS in Geological Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in eleven states. He has over 35 years of world-wide experience in mining and underground construction, in particular in mine and tunnel failure investigations, underground stone mine design, subsidence engineering and ground control studies in underground coal mines, in metal mining rock mechanics and planning, and in evaporites he has experience in mining stability and subsidence engineering.
In tunneling, he has been an engineer on the Second Bore of the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel for I-70 in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project Tunnels and Shaft in Georgia (USA), the Chicago TARP System, Hydroelectric Power Investigations in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and forensic assignments on the Great Chicago Freight Tunnel Flood of 1992, New York City Water Tunnel No. 3 construction claims, and the Los Angeles Metro subway construction failures.
In 1985, he was awarded the Centennial 100 Alumni Award by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as one of 100 outstanding alumni at the time of the school’s centennial. He has many publications, lectures, and invited committee assignments. He has been a Member of SME since 1966, has been a Vice-President of SME, and has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Geomechanics Unit Committee (twice), Rock Mechanics Award Committee, and Chicago Section Offices.
The Rock Mechanics Award, established in 1967, shall be given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of the field of rock mechanics.