Friday, October 28, 2011
CEE Now Has Three Active Faculty in the National Academy of Engineering
On October 16, 2011 Professor Chris Hendrickson was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Hendrickson joins Professors Jacobo Bielak and David Dzombak as active faculty who are also members of the National Academy of Engineers.
In 2008, University Professor David Dzombak was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering. Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the prestigious recognition for novel development of models used in evaluating chemical behavior in water quality engineering and environmental remediation.
For more than two decades, Dzombak has conducted leading research in the areas of aquatic chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, abandoned mine drainage remediation, river and watershed restoration and hazardous waste site remediation. He also has contributed to the expertise and professional service at the local, state and national levels.
University Professor Jacobo Bielak was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 for his pioneering work in creating three-dimensional models that can simulate how earthquakes impact buildings, bridges and other critical infrastructures.
For more than 15 years Bielak and his research team have collaborated with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in developing and applying methodologies for modeling ground motion and structural performance in large basins in order to identify what can be done to prevent earthquake disasters. Bielak currently leads a four-year, $1.6 million National Science Foundation-supported project to develop tools for high fidelity, physics-based petascale simulations of entire seismic-prone regions.
Chris T. Hendrickson, Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on October 16, 2011. Professor Hendrickson was elected for leadership and contributions in transportation and green design engineering.
Professor Hendrickson is the Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance and computer applications.