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Dallas-area transportation engineer and former ASCE branch president dies at 91

Arthur "Fritz" Beck, a transportation engineer, professor, and former ASCE Dallas Branch president, has died. He was 91. For more than 50 years, every motorist in the Dallas–Fort Worth area and elsewhere in North Texas has driven on roadways, highways, interchanges, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure touched in some way by his engineering...

Expert tunneling engineer and consultant on major projects dies at 83

Harvey W. Parker, a nationally renowned tunneling expert and president of a Seattle-area engineering firm bearing his name, has died. He was 83. From Washington state to Washington, D.C., Parker will be best remembered by clients and owners of high-profile, high-risk tunneling achievements for his honest advice and help with complex decisions.

Ohio geotechnical engineer who ‘loved dirt’ dies at 73

Ted E. Webster, a geotechnical engineer with such an affinity for soils that he "loved dirt," as his most recent employer put it, has died. He was 73. A consummate professional, among the many projects to his credit is the Edgewater Pier, a seasonal beach on Lake Erie, which he designed during his...

ASCE confirms Wei as Fellow

Heng Wei, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor of transportation systems and engineering, and the founding director of the Advanced Research on Transportation Engineering and Systems (ART-EngineS) Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati (UC), has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Wei has extensive research expertise and industrial experience in intelligent transportation...

Board wraps busy 2020 with momentous decisions

The Board of Direction completed its year together with a highly productive virtual fall meeting, Oct. 26-27. Most notable was the board’s approval of a complete update to the Society Code of Ethics. The new streamlined code emphasizes usability and enforceability, modernizing the language while dispensing with the previous document’s canon model and instead creating a...

Introducing the Civil Engineering Source

Civil Engineering’s new digital magazine and exclusive web-only news articles are part of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Source, a comprehensive news and information website and newsletter designed for you.

Koerner, geosynthetics engineering expert, is new Fellow

George R. Koerner, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, director of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), in Folsom, Pennsylvania, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Koerner is a leader in his field, with 35 years of experience integrating polymers into sub-, near-, and on-surface applications related to geotechnical, transportation, hydraulic, and geoenvironmental engineering...

Expert in hydraulics computing technology for more than 50 years dies

Augustine J. “Jay” Fredrich, a highly accomplished hydraulics engineer, professor, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers computer modeler, has died. He was 81. Fredrich, P.E., D.WRE(Ret.), F.ASCE, was first employed by the Little Rock (Arkansas) District of the Corps of Engineers as a hydraulic engineer. When a computer program he wrote came to...

Water resources expert and former EWRI president dies at 57

Jeffrey B. Bradley, a hydraulic engineer whose career began with work following the eruption of Mount St. Helens, has died. A past president of ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute and founding president of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Bradley was 57. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, followed in his father’s...

Lehigh University bridge engineering professor emeritus dies at 88

Ben T. Yen, an acclaimed structural engineering researcher and professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University, has died. He was 88. Many of Pennsylvania’s bridges in use around Bethlehem, Allentown, and Easton bear his mark. In fact, he led highly popular tours of the bridges throughout the...