A. E. (Eddie) Templeton, P.E.



  • M.S. Geotechnical Engineering, 1984 Mississippi State University
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, 1978 Mississippi State University


  • Professional Engineer: Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana


  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Chi Epsilon
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mississippi Engineering Society
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi


  • Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc., President, October 2017 – Present
  • Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc., Principal, October 1994 – Present
  • Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc., Senior Geotechnical Engineer, September 1991 – October 1994
  • Tensar Earth Technologies, Senior Design Engineer, December 1989 – September 1991
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Project Geotechnical Engineer, 1988 – December 1989; Geotechnical Engineer, 1980 – 1986


Mr. Templeton’s career in the geotechnical engineering profession began in 1980.  He attended Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1978 and a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 1984. He joined Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. in 1991 after serving for nine years at the Vicksburg District USACE and for two years at Tensar Earth Technologies.  He became a principal of the company in 1994 and became president of the company in October 2017.  His engineering experience encompasses a wide variety of projects including, but not limited to, roads and bridges, retaining walls, earth slide remediation, navigation structures, flood control structures, earth dams, single and multi-story buildings, medical facilities, prisons, industrial facilities, towers, tanks and landfills.  He has been responsible for all phases of geotechnical investigation and analyses.  Types of projects with examples are listed below.

  • Buildings.
    • Classroom Building and Parking Garage, Mississippi State University
    • Civil Rights and History Museums, Jackson, Mississippi
    • Echelon Building, GSA/FBI, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Roads and Bridges. Experience which includes planning and coordination of field and laboratory investigations, analyses of driven and cast-in-place pile capacities, the evaluation of embankment stability and settlement, and the design of staged construction sequence for embankments over weak compressible soils. Representative projects include:
    • S. Highway 90 Bridge over St. Louis Bay in Hancock and Harrison Counties, MS
    • Grand Gulf Access Road in Claiborne County, MS
    • Airport Parkway bridges (19), Rankin County, Mississippi
    • Seven bridges on U.S. 45A between U.S. 182 and Noxubee County line
    • SR 611 Bridge over U.S. 90- mitigation of potential settlement and stability problems
    • Nine bridge sites along SR 304
    • SR 4 from SR 3 to New Town in Tate County, MS
    • Realignment of U.S. 84 between Waynesboro and the Alabama line in Wayne Co., MS
    • Pearl River Bridge in Copiah County
    • Highway 44 Bridge over the Pearl River in Lawrence Co., MS
  • Deep Foundations. Considerable experience in the design and evaluation of pile foundation systems for commercial buildings, hydraulic structures, industrial complexes and bridges.  Representative projects include:
    • Bernard Bayou Bridge in Biloxi, Mississippi foundation construction monitoring
    • Lock and Dam No. 2, Red River Waterway, Louisiana
  • Walls. Experienced in the design and construction of various earth retention systems including permanent and temporary walls. Representative projects include:
    • I-210/Nelson Road Turnaround soil nail wall, Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • Ameristar Casino soil nail stabilization wall, Vicksburg, Mississippi
    • Silver Street retaining wall in Natchez, Mississippi
    • Learned’s Mill Road bluff stabilization project in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Dams and Embankments. Experienced in the design and analyses of earthfill embankments, dams and hydraulic structures, including planning and implementing preliminary and detailed geotechnical/geological investigations, geologic surface mapping and characterization of the engineering properties of the soils by means of various laboratory tests, slope stability analyses, settlement analyses, thru-seepage and underseepage analyses, and structural stability analyses of outlet structures.
    • Design of Bayou DeChene Reservoir in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
    • Design of Repairs and Improvements to Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Pile County, Mississippi
    • Reconstruction and Subsequent Inspections of Big Bay Dam, Lamar County, Mississippi
    • Seepage Evaluations, and Remediation of Lake Okhissa Dam in Franklin County, Mississippi
    • Design of Calling Panther Lake in Copiah County, Mississippi
    • Poverty Point Reservoir design in Delhi, Louisiana
    • Ouachita River Levee Improvements, East Bank – Station 5537+75 to 5559+15 in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
    • Magna Vista to Brunswick, Mainline Mississippi River Levee Enlargement in Warren County, Mississippi
    • NOV-16, Mainline Mississippi River Levee in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
    • Point Pleasant and Point Coupee Levees, Relief Well and Seepage Berm Designs for West Bank Mississippi River, Louisiana
  • Hydraulic Structures.  Considerable experience in the design of and geotechnical analysis of hydraulic structures such as locks and dams, drainage structures and pumping plants.  Analyses included underseepage, pile design, wing wall stability, stability of excavation and finished slopes and construction dewatering.  Templeton has also participated in the design of numerous drainage and stream flow control structures. Significant projects include:
    • New Madrid Pump Station, New Madrid Missouri,
    • Grand Prairie Pump Station, DeValls Bluff, Arkansas
    • Lock and Dam No. 3, Red River Waterway, Louisiana – underseepage control, settlement and stability of the dam, cutoff wall and wing walls
    • Lindy C. Boggs Lock and Dam, Red River Waterway – evaluation of sediment loadings on the U-frame lock structure
  •  Slide Remediation. Considerable experience in the investigation, monitoring and remediation of earth slides, including exploration of subsurface soil and groundwater conditions and the installation and interpretation of slope inclinometer data.  He has coordinated laboratory testing programs to investigate drained and undrained shear strength parameters and strain-softening behavior. He has developed slide remediation designs incorporating berms, subsurface drains, stone columns, soil mixing, gravel trenches, soil nails and soil and rock anchors.  Significant projects include:
    • Signal Hill landslide along Highway 61 in Vicksburg, Mississippi
    • Bluff stabilization at V.A. Cemetery, Natchez, Mississippi
  • Mechanically Stabilized Slopes. Experienced in the design and construction of reinforced earth structures including embankments over soft soils, steepened slopes, retaining walls, and foundation improvements for buildings and tanks.  He has experience in the design of vertical drains and stone columns for foundation improvements.  He has designed numerous embankments, fills, and containment dikes over weak, compressible clays and highly organic soils.
    • Design of dikes, levees and channel improvement at Swan Lake in the Yazoo Basin.
    • designed a slope stabilization system to arrest sloughing and erosion of loess bluffs in Natchez, Mississippi.
    • Value Engineering design for four approach embankments over soft organic silts in Martin County, North Carolina.  The design utilized vertical drains, geosynthetic reinforcement and staged construction.  The value engineering design resulting in a 75 percent reduction in the required capacity of the geosynthetic reinforcement and significant cost savings to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
    • Design of a demonstration embankment project for the Everhard Road project in Stark County, Ohio.  The project generally consists of the construction of roadway embankments over peat and soft clays.