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Trimble announced on Tuesday the appointment of James C. Dalton to its Board of Directors. Dalton, who won the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement in 2006, retired as director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December 2019.

As director of civil works, he led, managed, and directed the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program. (Photo by Philipp Tintner, Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters)

“James’ expertise in large-scale construction environments enables him to be a strong contributor on the Trimble board,” said Rob Painter, president and CEO of Trimble. “In addition, his experience in sustainability and expertise in managing complex organizations will provide a source of unique insight to our businesses. We are pleased to welcome James to Trimble’s Board of Directors.”

Trimble delivers products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds.  From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware, and services are transforming agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation industries.

Dalton began his career as a cost engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers in 1978, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.

From 2007 until 2016, Dalton was chief of the Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Construction Division, which is responsible for multi-billion dollar design and construction programs for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

He also played a significant role in the federal government response to Hurricane Katrina by leading a team that developed measures for comprehensive watershed planning, risk-informed decision making, and communication of risk to the public.

During his illustrious career as a federal senior executive service member,  Dalton received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Federal Engineer of the Year Award in 2017, a Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive in 2014, a Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious Executive in 2009, and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award in 2009.

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