October 31, 2014

Craig H. Benson, PhD, PE, D.GE, NAE, F.ASCE was announced at the Zachary Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M’s 2014 Spencer J. Buchanan Lecturer.  His lecture will be “Landfill Covers: Water Balance, Unsaturated Soils, and a Pathway from Theory to Practice” and will take place on November 7, 2104 at 2:00 pm at the Brazos Amphitheater at the College Station Hilton (801 University Drive East, College Station, Texas).


Craig H. Benson, PhD, PE, DGE is Chairman and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Geological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves as Director of the Recycled Materials Resource Center, a federally funded research center focused on sustainable construction of transportation infrastructure.  Dr. Benson has a BS from Lehigh University and MSE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  All degrees are in Civil Engineering, with the MSE and PhD degrees specializing in geo-engineering.  Dr. Benson is a licensed professional engineer.


Dr. Benson has been conducting experimental and analytical research in geoenvironmental engineering for 25 yr, with the primary focus in waste containment, beneficial use of industrial byproducts, and sustainable construction. His research has included laboratory studies, large-scale field experiments, and computer modeling.  He was Co-Principal Investigator for US EPA’s landmark study on final covers, the Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP).


Dr. Benson has received several awards for his work, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the Distinguished Young Faculty Award from the US Dept. of Energy.  Dr. Benson has also received the Huber Research Prize, the Alfred Nobel Prize, and the Croes (twice), Middlebrooks, Collingwood, and Casagrande Awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Dr. Benson is a member of the ASCE Geo-Institute (GI) and is former Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE/GI Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  He currently serves on the ASCE/GI Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.  Dr. Benson is also a founding member of ASTM Subcommittee D18.14 on Geotechnics of Sustainable Construction.  Dr. Benson is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Alumni.