As a Board Member of Miyamoto International, Franklin J. Agardy, PhD, PE, brings a lifetime of engineering, academic and board experience to the organization. A former tenured full-time professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San Jose State University and retired president of URS Corporation, Frank received his M.S. and PhD. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and was honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Berkeley’s College of Engineering in 2012.
Frank was a fully tenured professor at San Jose State and has established himself as a prolific writer over the course of his career, authoring or co-authoring a number of professional texts, including Strategies of Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Engineering (3 volumes), America’s Threatened Drinking Water: Hazards and Solutions and Practical Environmental Forensics: Process and Case Histories.
Joining URS Corporation in 1972, Frank became the company’s first Principal Environmental Engineer and retired from URS in 1989 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. During this period, President Ronald Reagan appointed him as a Presidential envoy (along with several other corporate executives) to the Government of Japan. During the 1970s, he served as President of the California Water Pollution Control Association and subsequently as Chairman of the California/Nevada/ Hawaii Section of the American Water Works Association. Frank currently is a forensic expert in the area of environmental contamination and serves on the board of three other privately held companies in the fields of solar energy, energy control technology and architecture/construction management.
He has two sons and a wonderful granddaughter who lives in Salt Lake City and most Sundays you can find him at a 49er or Giants games.