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ASCE Names 10 Distinguished Members for 2009

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, Va., has named 10 civil engineers as distinguished members for 2009, the group’s highest accolade in recognition of achievement in a branch of engineering, it says. Only 198 of ASCE’s 146,000 members worldwide have been so honored. The new distinguished members will be formally inducted Oct. 29 during ASCE's annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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The 2009 ASCE distinguished members are:

Bernard Amadei, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, professor of engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for his commitment to humanity, exemplified through his role in founding Engineers Without Borders-USA. For more information, visit

Jared L. Cohon, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, president of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, for his leadership of the university and on critical environment and energy issues. For more information, visit

Billy L. Edge, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, professor of ocean and civil engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, for his contributions to coastal and hydraulic engineering and his dedication to engineering education. For more information, visit

Wilfred D. Iwan, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, professor emeritus of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, for research on the seismic performance of structures. For more information, visit

Jon D. Nelson, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, vice president of the EAS Group of Tetra Tech in Tulsa, for leadership that resulted in the new law requiring additional education for the professional practice of engineering. For more information, visit

Donald V.N. Roberts, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, founder of the Hazardous Waste Coalition and the World Engineering Partnership for Sustainable Development, for contributions to bringing the principles of sustainability into the lexicon of the engineering profession. For more information, visit

Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, chair of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for leadership in engineering education and in advancing the professional practice of civil engineering. For more information, visit

Clifford J. Schexnayder Sr., Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Arizona State University's Del Webb School of Construction, for more than four decades of service to the civil engineering profession as an international expert in heavy construction equipment, as well as his work mentoring young engineering educators. For more information, visit

Robert L. Street, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, co-founder of the internationally-known Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., for his seminal contributions to the field of fluid mechanics and the numerical simulation of fluid flows. For more information, visit

Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, engineering director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for leadership in environmental engineering. For more information, visit


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