Distinguished Faculty Award
Distinguished Faculty Award
The CEE Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award is an award designed to recognize our most accomplished faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the department, to the education of our students, and to the pursuit of knowledge and the betterment of society through research.
Professor Alfredo Ang
Professor emeritus Alfredo H.-S. Ang (MS 57, PhD 59) served on the CEE faculty from 1959 until 1988. Now a professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. His main area of research is on the application of probability and reliability in civil and structural engineering, with emphasis on the safety of engineering systems, including seismic risk and earthquake engineering, quantitative risk assessment, life-cycle cost and performance, and sustainability of green buildings and infrastructure.
Professor German Gurfinkel
Professor emeritus German Gurfinkel joined the CEE faculty in 1962. He has continued to teach classes at CEE at Illinois since his retirement in 1998. Gurfinkel has received numerous awards for teaching, research and professional practice in the field of structural engineering. He has acted as consultant on projects to ascertain causes for structural collapses of numerous buildings, bridges and storage structures both nationally and internationally.
Professor Mete Sozen (awarded posthumously)
Mete Sozen (MS 52, PhD 57) served on the CEE faculty for 36 years. His research focused on the earthquake-resistant design of reinforced concrete structures and the development of professional design codes for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Sozen left Illinois in 1993 to teach at Purdue University as the Kettelhut Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering, until 2016, when he retired. Throughout his career, he was known as a compelling lecturer and wise research mentor. He died in 2018 at age 87.
Professor Leonard A. Lopez
For his role in the development and advancement of a significant University program and research in the area of Civil Engineering Systems (computer-aided design and software for engineering applications); for development of the POLO system and subsequently the FINITE system which was the result of early unsponsored research and then became a system used worldwide and revolutionized computer-aided structural analysis and design; for developing a prototype knowledge-based system for processing specifications; and for pioneering courses that integrated computer applications in engineering design that included structured programming, network processing, language design, disc file management and engineering applications. His courses at University of Illinois became the model for similar courses taught at many other universities in the United States.
Professor Steven J. Fenves
For technical contributions in pioneering the development of civil engineering applications of computers and in problem-oriented programming languages; for his role in the development and advancement of a significant University program and research in the area of Civil Engineering Systems; for being the co-developer STRESS, of one of the earliest computer-aided structural analysis systems; for research that dealt with design standards, databases, knowledge-based systems, machine learning, and comprehensive design environments.
Professor Moreland Herrin
For technical contributions to transportation and pavement engineering; his nationally-recognized research in asphalt and asphalt-aggregate materials, asphalt-soil stabilization and related environmental measures for highways and airfields; for initiating the Illinois Bituminous Paving conference; for his role as Director of the Illinois Cooperative Transportation Program between the Illinois Department of Transportation and University of Illinois; as Chairman of the Bituminous Division of the Transportation Research Board; and his nearly 30 years of teaching and mentoring CEE students.
Professor Edward J. Cording (biography)
For outstanding professional contributions and an academic career in the geotechnical area of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; for his work as a professor who believed that there was a strong synergy among teaching theory, university research and professional practice, leading to an essential background and perspective for the students; for improvements in theories for rock stability, as well as efficient means of calculating, measuring and monitoring earth and rock movement, during and after excavation with attention to safety in unfavorable environments.
Professor Alfred J. "Skip" Hendron Jr. (biography)
For outstanding professional leadership and teaching innovation in the geotechnical area of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; for visionary leadership and management in technical committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers, including soil dynamics and rock mechanics committees; for excellence in the teaching of geotechnical engineering during a lifelong academic career.â€‹
Professor Emeritus Ernest J. Barenberg (biography)
For technical contributions to the theoretical understanding of pavement behavior and responses; leadership in the mechanistic-empirical design of concrete pavements; for innovations in post-tensioned and precast concrete pavement; for a passion to mentor graduate students and challenge students to strive toward a high standard of professional excellence; and for 30 years of teaching CEE students the importance of the engineering decision-making process.
Professor Emeritus Marshall R. Thompson (biography)
For technical contributions to transportation and pavement engineering through characterization of asphalt, granular and soil materials responses, behavior, and performance; for the development of new flexible pavement design methods for roads and airfields, and to soil improvement techniques and procedures for horizontal construction and vehicle mobility; for innovations, such as first backcalculation procedure, high-strength stabilized base design, and asphalt overlay of rubblized concrete design; and for more than 35 years of teaching and mentoring CEE students.
Professor Emeritus William J. Hall (biography)
For excellence in instruction and research during nearly four decades on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; for leadership in the field as Head of CEE at Illinois and as a respected structural engineering researcher, practitioner and consultant in earthquake engineering and the design of military structures; and for lifelong service and generosity to the University as a loyal CEE alumnus.
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