Professor B. F. Spencer Jr. has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the highest academic title in engineering sciences and technology in China.
Professor Billie F. Spencer Jr. has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), in recognition of his distinguished contribution to civil engineering and to the promotion of China-America exchanges and cooperation. Spencer is one of 84 members and 20 foreign members elected to CAE in 2021, the highest academic title in engineering sciences and technology in China.
"I am deeply honored to be elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering,” Spencer said. “I am pleased to be counted among the many outstanding members of the CAE and feel fortunate to have so many good colleagues and friends in China who have supported me over the years."
Spencer has been on the CEE at Illinois faculty since 2002, where he is the Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering. His research interests are primarily in the areas of smart wireless sensor technology, damage detection and health monitoring, structural control, stochastic fatigue, stochastic computational mechanics, earthquake engineering and civil engineering applications of information technology.
Spencer is Director of the Smart Structures Technology Laboratory and is Co-Director of the Center for Infrastructure Resilience in Cities as Livable Environments (CIRCLE), a Zhejiang University/University of Illinois Institute Joint Research Center. He is Chair of the U.S.-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
With this election, Spencer joins an exclusive club of Foreign Members of CAE that includes – among other luminaries – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.