UD Home | UDaily | UDaily-Alumni | UDaily-Parents

UD called 'epicenter' of 2008 presidential race

Refreshed look for 'UDaily'

Fire safety training held for Residence Life staff

New Enrollment Services Building open for business

UD Outdoor Pool encourages kids to do summer reading

UD in the News

UD alumnus Biden selected as vice presidential candidate

Top Obama and McCain strategists are UD alums

Campanella named alumni relations director

Alum trains elephants at Busch Gardens

Police investigate robbery of student

UD delegation promotes basketball in India

Students showcase summer service-learning projects

First UD McNair Ph.D. delivers keynote address

Research symposium spotlights undergraduates

Steiner named associate provost for interdisciplinary research initiatives

More news on UDaily

Subscribe to UDaily's email services

UDaily is produced by the Office of Public Relations
The Academy Building
105 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716-2701
(302) 831-2791

Engineering faculty win ASCE awards

4:43 p.m., Dec. 16, 2005--Four faculty members from UD’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been recognized with awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Nobu Kobayashi is the recipient of the Moffatt-Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award, Dennis Mertz won the Richard R. Torrens Award, and Dom Di Toro was selected to receive the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award. Ib A. Svendsen is the posthumous recipient of the society’s International Coastal Engineering Award.

The Moffatt-Nichol Award is given annually by ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. Kobayashi was recognized for “his service to the harbor and coastal engineering profession through his advancement of techniques for analyzing forces and run-up on coastal structures, for his effective professional leadership and for his dedication to the training of future coastal engineers.” Kobayashi is affiliated with the Department’s Center for Applied Coastal Research (CACR).

Mertz, director of the department’s Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, won the Torrens Award for his “leadership and tireless efforts in advancing ASCE’s Journal of Bridge Engineering.” The Torrens award is conferred on volunteer editors who make outstanding contributions to ASCE’s publications program. The founding editor of the Journal of Bridge Engineering, Mertz is an internationally recognized expert in load and resistance factor design (LRFD) theory and modern bridge design practices.

Di Toro is Edward C. Davis Professor and Associate Director of the department’s Center for the Study of Metals in the Environment. His award citation reads: “For over 30 years of specialization in the development and application of mathematical and statistical models to stream, lake, estuarine and coastal water quality and sediment problems.” Di Toro joined the UD faculty in 2003 after a 30-year career at Manhattan College. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering earlier this year.

Svendsen, who died on Dec. 19, 2004, was posthumously honored in 2005 with the ASCE International Coastal Engineering Award, which is made annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of coastal engineering in the engineering design, teaching, professional leadership, construction, research and/or planning. Svendsen joined the UD faculty in 1987 and served as chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering until 1996, when he was named Distinguished Professor of Ocean Engineering.

  E-mail this article

  Subscribe to UDaily

  Subscribe to crime alert e-mail notification