Dr. Elio D’Appolonia Graduate Fellowship Fund Announced
CEE is pleased to announce the initiation of the Dr. Elio D’Appolonia Graduate Fellowship Fund, started with the generosity of the Devendra (Dev) & Kshama Shukla Foundation. Dr. D’Appolonia has been a treasured friend and mentor to Dev Shukla for many years. Dr. D’Appolonia was celebrated by over 60 colleagues, friends and family members, including several CEE alumni, at a dinner announcing the fellowship in June. Dr. Elio D’Appolonia, a faculty member in civil engineering from 1948 to 1956, truly helped to define and develop the multidisciplinary, creative problem-solving nature of civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon that remains a hallmark of the program. A structural engineer with classical mechanics training, he found the emerging field of geotechnical engineering an intellectually rich area in need of a combination of mechanics knowledge and creative engineering problem solving.
In 1956, Dr. D’Appolonia left the university to start a consulting practice–first E. D’Appolonia Associates and then E. D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers (EDCE) – and became an internationally renowned consultant in geotechnical engineering. He is widely recognized as one of the leaders who moved the field ahead significantly from the 1950s through the 1970s.