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O’Rourke receive’s the NEES Outstanding Contributor Award

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Professor Thomas O’Rourke of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell has been selected to receive the NEES Outstanding Contributor Award in the category of “Influential NEES Project—Lifelines.” Professor O’Rourke’s work on two research projects has been cited for “exemplary impacts on securing water supplies throughout the world.”

NEES, which is the George E Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, was created by the National Science Foundation to aggressively move forward the development of improvements and innovations in infrastructure design and construction practices to prevent or minimize damage during earthquakes.

Together, O’Rourke’s projects called “Evaluation of Ground Rupture Effects on Critical Lifelines” and “Ground Rupture Effects on Critical Lifelines and NEESR-CR Earthquake Response and Rehabilitation of Critical Lifelines” “are a significant contribution to earthquake engineering and to society,” according to the award citation.

O’Rourke said of the award, “The good work at Cornell could not have been accomplished without the superb contributions of a great team at Cornell and at our partnering institutions: University at Buffalo (SUNY), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Sciencenter (Ithaca), and California State University at Los Angeles.”

O’Rourke will receive the award at NEES’s 2014 Quake Summit on July 24 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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