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Donald Webster, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, the Karen & John Huff School chair and professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Webster joined the Georgia Tech faculty in September 1997 after completing a postdoctoral research appointment at Stanford University and holding a non–tenure track faculty position at the University of Minnesota. His research expertise lies in environmental fluid mechanics focused on the influence of fluid motion and turbulence on biological systems. His contributions have been in three arenas: (1) illuminating the fluid mechanics processes related to sensory biology and biomechanics; (2) developing advanced experimental techniques and facilities; and (3) translating research results into bio-inspired design. 

In recognition of these contributions, Webster is a sustaining fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and has won numerous awards, including the Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award, the Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award, the Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, and the British Petroleum Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

Webster earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Davis (1989), and his master of science (1991) and doctoral (1994) degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.