ASCE recognizes 2022 class of distinguished members

ASCE has honored its newest class of distinguished members, a status reserved for the most eminent civil engineers in the Society.

The 2022 honorees:

Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., NAC, Dist.M.ASCE, for leadership and contributions in academia, research, practice, and education in construction methods used for trenchless and underground construction.

James L. Beck, Ph.D., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, for contributions to analytical and computational earthquake engineering that have made possible the safe design and reliable assessment of structures, and for developing novel Bayesian methods in civil engineering.

Michel Bruneau, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, for contributions to advance the state-of-the-art in structural engineering, ductile design of steel structures, multihazard engineering, and seismic resilience through innovative research that has helped shape design codes and standards.

Halil Ceylan, Ph.D., C.Eng., Dist.M.ASCE, for leadership in transportation and geo-infrastructure engineering through advancements in infrastructure system design and construction for smart, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure systems.

Steven C. Chapra, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, for achievements revolutionizing how engineers analyze and address water quality issues, revamping the pedagogy for educating generations of water quality professionals, and improving the health of our surface water bodies.

Pierre Y. Julien, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, for contributions on hyperconcentrated sediment flows, mudflows, and debris flows; physically based watershed modeling of runoff, sediment, and contaminant transport; simulating floodwave propagation from tailings dam failure; and the analysis of resistance to flow and downstream hydraulic geometry of alluvial rivers.

Emmanuel C. “Cris” Liban, D.Env., P.E., NAC, Dist.M.ASCE, for eminence as a trailblazer in advancing the principles of sustainability and resiliency in engineering and construction practice and his international recognition as an expert in resource management, energy technology, transportation, environment, and sustainability.

Therese P. McAllister, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, for federal and public service work managing the investigation of the World Trade Center collapse; contributions to structural fire research leading to major improvements in fire-resistant design; leadership in many technical standards within ASCE; and leadership of the NIST Community Resilience Program.

Terry F. Neimeyer, P.E., BCEE, ENV SP, Dist.M.ASCE, for innovative design as well as environmental and construction industry practices, and for exemplary and tireless service and leadership in national, regional, community, and charitable organizations.

Tian C. Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, for developing innovative technologies in water/wastewater treatment and pollution control, and the sharing of these technologies and knowledge through technical literature and publications.


Learn more about the history of ASCE’s distinguished member designation.