April 4, 2014

Congratulations to Thomas O’Rourke, Ph.D., D.GE (Hon.), NAE, Dist.M.ASCE for achieving the level of Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. O’Rourke is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and has been a member of the teaching and research staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

His teaching and professional practice include geotechnical engineering for earth  retention systems, foundations, and soil structure interaction; earthquake engineering; underground construction technology, and engineering of large, geographically distributed systems such as water supplies, gas and liquid fuel systems, electric power, and transportation facilities.

He has authored or co-authored over 325 publications on geotechnical, underground, earthquake engineering, and impact of extreme events on civil infrastructure networks.

According to ASCE, a Distinguished Member is a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.

With the total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year not exceeding one for every 7,500 members, Dr. O’Rourke’s achievement is especially astounding.

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