November 30, 2018

Craig Benson, PhD, PE, D.GE, NAE, F.ASCE, has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Benson is dean of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and an internationally distinguished environmental engineer.

Benson and 415 other fellows from around the world have “diverse accomplishments that include pioneering research, leadership within their field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations and advancing public understanding of science”.  The fellows will be announced in the November 28 edition of Science.  UVA now has a total of 38 fellows with Benson among five UVA faculty members elected this year.

Benson said, "It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that has done so much to advance multidisciplinary science, engineering and innovation for the betterment of humanity," Benson said, "and to be included among AAAS fellows who have dedicated their lives to creating and disseminating knowledge."

Benson and his research team have made great strides in the field of geoenvironmental engineering in addition to leading UVA Engineering since 2015.  Benson’s area of expertise and work includes the design of extremely long-lasting containment systems for municipal, hazardous and radioactive wastes.  He has also developed a natural landfill cover system the is used across the globe.  He is a member of ASCE and a Diplomate in the Academy.  In addition to that, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.  He is also a Fellow of the ASTM International standards organization.

UVA Engineering has made significant strides under Benson’s leadership.  He has grown sponsored research funding by 74 percent since 2016.  UVA has increased its graduate program and is in the top-40 graduate engineering schools in the country as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.  UVA Engineering is No. 1 in the country for the rate of growth in its PhD enrollment.  UVA is the top public engineering school in the country for its graduation rate.

Read more about Benson and his accomplishment.