O’Rourke elected to Royal Academy of Engineers
CEE’s Thomas O’Rourke, the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow. The Royal Academy is the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the National Academy of Engineers and membership in the RAE is among the highest honors bestowed on an engineer in the UK.
The official citation says that O’Rourke is “distinguished for developing engineering solutions for problems concerning foundation performance, ground movement effects, retaining structures, pipelines, earthquake engineering, tunneling, and infrastructure rehabilitation, both on a research and consulting basis. Outstanding for his contributions to the mitigation of the effects of extreme events, especially earthquakes and hurricanes, on civil infrastructure systems.”
O’Rourke and 58 other new Fellows in the RAE will have their memberships conferred on them by Prince Phillip during a ceremony in London in November of 2014. Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Our newly elected Fellows bring an enormous breadth of expertise to the Academy, widening our collective scope and knowledge. I know that they will make significant contributions to the Academy’s activities in their time as Fellows and we look forward to working with them to create benefit for society through engineering.”