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O’Rourke named ASCE Distinguished Member

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thomas O’Rourke, the Thomas R. Briggs Professor in Engineering at Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE says 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.”

In the official commendation, O’Rourke is recognized for his leadership and contributions in the “safety and security of critical infrastructure through earthquake protection of water supply, gas, liquid fuel, and transportation systems; improved design and construction of deep excavations, pipelines and pipeline networks; and extraordinary contributions educating the next generation of civil engineers.”

The ASCE inducts ten to twelve Distinguished Members each year. There have been fewer than 700 engineers honored with this title in the 162-year history of the ASCE.

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