MCEER Movers & Shakers
Tarek Abdoun, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Director, NEES-NSF Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MCEER investigator is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Shamsher Prakash Research Award for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering. The award is given to young engineers, scientists and researchers who have made significant, independent contributions and showed promise of excellence in geotechnical engineering and/or geotechnical earthquake engineering.
He also received the “Commander’s Award for Public Service” with an accompanying medal from the Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This medal is one of the highest awards given by the U.S. Army to civilians who provide outstanding services. Tarek received the award for his support of New Orleans recovery through efforts with the Evaluation Task Force of the Hurricane Katrina Interagency Performance (IPET). He received the award November 28, 2007 at a ceremony held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Christian Renschler, MCEER Remote Sensing Institute team member and Associate Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, received the 2007 Soil & Water Conservation Young Scholar Award from the Division of S06-Soil & Water Conservation of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). He received the award during the International Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, held November 4-8, 2007 in New Orleans. He also presented his latest research during a symposium entitled Katrina Disaster and Sustainable Coastal Development: An Integrated Perspective and the Role of Land and Water Sciences, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting.
Ronald T. Eguchi, President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc. and team leader of MCEER’s Remote Sensing Institute, will be EERI’s 2008 Distinguished Lecturer. During EERI’s 60th Annual Meeting in February in New Orleans. Ron will present a lecture entitled “Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Other Disasters: A View from Space.”