ASCE has honored Chris Hendrickson, Ph.D., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, with the 2023 James Laurie Prize for outstanding contributions to the advancement of transportation and civil engineering through teaching, research, and professional service.
Hendrickson has been a longtime ASCE volunteer and the editor-in- chief of ASCE’s Journal of Transportation Engineering. He has also served on the T&DI Board of Governors. His education includes degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and MIT. Central themes in his work are a systems-wide perspective and a balance of engineering and management considerations. His doctoral work included the development of a travel distance formula for random stops still in use for home service planning. He pioneered models of dynamic traffic equilibrium, including time-of-day departure demand models, and was an early contributor to the development of probabilistic network analysis for lifeline planning after seismic events. His work in construction project management emphasized the importance of the owner's viewpoint throughout the project lifecycle.
With others at CMU's Engineering Design Research Center, he developed a pioneering building design system in the early 1990s that spanned initial concept through construction scheduling and animation. From 1994 to 2005, he concentrated on green sustainable design, exploring the environmental lifecycle consequences of alternative product and process designs. He has contributed software tools and methods for sustainable construction, pollution prevention, and environmental management, including lifecycle analysis software and a widely cited analysis of the lifecycle consequences of lead acid battery powered vehicles.
Since 2005, Hendrickson has focused on transportation systems, including policy for connected and automated vehicles and for alternative fuel vehicles.
The James Laurie Prize recognizes contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering in research, planning, design, or construction.