Henry Kinnier Award

Henry Kinnier Award

In 2012, a group of Henry Kinnier’s former students created an affiliated endowment in his name as way to celebrate and honor his extraordinary legacy as teacher and friend to students. The award provides funding so that a faculty member from the School of Engineering can participate in the Mead Endowment program each year.

For details please contact Mead Endowment Chairman Tom Darbyshire or Molly Bass at the Alumni Association.

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For over forty years, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences benefited from the energy, enthusiasm, and charm of Henry Kinnier, first as a student studying civil engineering and then as a professor. Henry graduated from the University in 1942 and returned in 1946 after serving in the Navy, working for the Virginia Department of Transportation, and earning a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Though he had intended to only serve as a faculty member briefly in order to assist the University in offering classes to the increasing student population spurred by the GI Bill, Henry stayed for 38 years.

Among Henry’s many contributions to the School of Engineering and Applied Science, he and four others founded the Engineering Alumni Association, which served as the basis for the Virginia Engineering Foundation, an entity designed to help develop an agenda for the school’s future and support that future through fundraising. Throughout his tenure, Henry remained committed to supporting efforts to ensure the level of funding necessary to support students and academic programming.

Henry was a dedicated teacher, offering support and guidance to an increasingly diverse student body. Students remember their time with him as among the highlights of their University education.


Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1942
Graduate degree in Structural Engineering, University of Michigan

University and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Involvement

Joined Civil Engineering faculty in 1946 and taught until 1984
Member of the Seven Society, the Raven Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Theta Tau, Kappa Alpha and the Colonnade Club
Lifetime member of the SEAS Trustees

Awards and Recognition

Raven Award
IMP Faculty Award
Mac Wade Award
U.Va. Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
Virginia Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Service Award, 1963 and 1969
National Council of Engineering Examiners Distinguished Service Award, 1970

Henry L. Kinnier Professorship in Civil Engineering, funded by gifts from over 200 former students, colleagues and friends, established in 1989

Endowment fund for the Henry L. Kinnier Scholarship for undergraduate students in civil engineering established by anonymous donation from former student