Tutumluer receives prestigious Yangtze River Scholar Award
At a recent international summit at Central South University (CSU) in Changsha, China, CEE at Illinois professor Erol Tutumluer, Director of International Programs in CEE and Paul F. Kent Endowed faculty scholar, was recognized for his career achievements in the field of transportation geotechnics as the 2016 Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) Scholar award winner. This prestigious award is issued by China’s Ministry of Education, and is the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the People’s Republic of China.
As the winner of the award, Tutumluer will serve as the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Yangtze River Scholar Innovation Team with CSU’s School of Civil Engineering, with a focus on heavy-haul railway track structures. In this role, he will give direction on research projects, and provide academic and scholarly support to the team.
Recognition of Tutumluer’s accomplishment occurred as part of a larger conference organized in his honor: the International Summit on Railroad Engineering and Transportation Geotechnics, held on June 8-9, 2016 (see program). This inaugural summit served as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and solutions in railroad engineering and transportation geotechnics. Technical sessions featuring invited speakers from Portugal, the U.S., the U.K. and China—including two Chinese Academy of Sciences members—were followed by a field trip and technical tours. Organizers plan for the Summit to become an annual event.