Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the society's Structural Engineering Institute. Here DesRoches stands on the first floor of a full-scale model building he and his research team constructed to test new kinds of retrofits designed to harden buildings against earthquakes. (Photo: Gary Meek)
The executive committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers elected Reginald DesRoches to the rank of fellow this fall. And now, next month, DesRoches will become a fellow of the society’s Structural Engineering Institute.
Both honors recognize DesRoches’ significant professional accomplishments and his place among the nation’s most-distinguished civil engineers.
DesRoches, the Karen and John Huff School Chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech, joins a group of fellows that makes up less than 3.5 percent of ASCE’s total membership.
“I am deeply honored to join some of the finest civil engineers in the country as a fellow of ASCE and as a fellow of SEI,” DesRoches said. “I am humbled that the organization considers my career achievements deserving of such a great honor.”
Engineers must be members of ASCE for a decade and a licensed professional engineer before they can be considered for fellowship in the society. DesRoches is not licensed, but the executive committee waived that requirement given his record of service to the field and his research expertise.
SEI fellowship recognizes engineers with more than a decade of responsibility for important structural engineering work, educational activities or research. DesRoches will officially be elevated to a fellow of SEI at the group’s meeting in February 2016.