Texas A&M University Professor Named
Distinguished Member of National Civil Engineering Society
Reston , Va.— Billy L. Edge, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M.ASCE, professor of ocean and civil engineering at TexasA&MUniversity, in College Station, Texas, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE’s highest accolade, distinguished membership recognizes eminence in a branch of engineering, and is currently comprised of only 198 of the Society’s 146,000 members worldwide. Edge will be formally inducted, in honor of his contributions to coastal and hydraulic engineering and for his dedication to engineering education , Oct. 29, 2009, at ASCE’s 139th Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
With 25 years of combined academic experience with Clemson University and Texas A&M, coupled with 15 years of consulting experience, Edge is recognized internationally as an expert in coastal engineering and dredging technology. His research focuses on coastal hazards, including the effects of hurricanes, erosion control, navigation, and dredging.
Edge served as head of the Coastal and Ocean Division of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He currently serves as director of the university’s Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory. Edge also has 15 years of consulting experience with Dames and Moore, Cubit Engineering, and Edge & Associates. In August 2009, he will become a professor in the Civil Engineering Department at North Carolina State University and a program manager with the Coastal Studies Institute in Manteo, N.C.
Edge was instrumental in fielding ASCE technical assessment teams after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike to study infrastructure damage. In recognition of his efforts as a member of ASCE’s External Review Panel, he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
An active member of ASCE, he has served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Society’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute and secretary of the Coastal Engineering Research Council, of which he has been a member for 24 years.
Edge received his doctorate in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. A registered professional engineer in South Carolina, Florida and Virginia, Edge is a resident of College Station, Texas.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.