David D. Adams Memorial Engineering Scholarship

David D. Adams was co-founder and principal electrical engineer at Adams, Morgenthaler and Company Inc., now known as AMC Engineers in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was born Feb. 3, 1952 in Olympia, Washington, and grew up in Petersburg, Alaska. A graduate of Petersburg High School, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks before transferring to Stanford University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975.

An Anchorage resident since graduation, Adams formed a sole proprietorship in 1981 that merged that same year into AMC Engineers. He was an expert in electrical systems design specializing in the specification of complex data, control and telecommunication networks. Adams brought enduring campuswide telecom and control systems to the Anchorage School District, UAA, UAS, the State of Alaska Department of Administration and the Seattle School District.

Adams was an active advocate for the engineering profession in legislative and local government policymaking. He served on the executive committees for Alaska Public Telecommunications Inc. and Green Star. He was also a member of the Anchorage Fish and Game advisory committee and the Green Star board.

At AMC Engineers, Adams established a standard of design and innovative excellence that clearly set the pace for engineering in Alaska and the nation. His work was published nationally on several occasions, and he was featured on the cover of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine in recognition of his outstanding design of telecommunications infrastructure at the Atwood Building and his leadership at the national level. In 2003, he was recognized by the Alaska Engineering Society as Alaska’s National Engineers Week “2002 Engineer of the Year”.

Adams passed away in 2004.

Photo courtesy of AMC Engineers


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