Geotechnical Engineering Expert, Educator Earns ASCE Fellow Status

April 14, 2017


Jorge G. Zornberg, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor and William J. Murray Jr. Fellow in the geotechnical engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Zomberg is a leader in his field, with 30 years’ experience in geotechnical, geosynthetics, transportation, and geoenvironmental engineering. He teaches graduate courses at UT Austin on earth retaining structures and geoenvironmental engineering.

He is the editor of several ASCE Geotechnical Special Publications and the author of several book chapters. In addition, he has written over 350 technical publications and has been awarded three patents. He currently chairs the Technical Committee on Geosynthetics of ASCE’s Geo-Institute, and he co-chaired the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Conference held in Orlando, FL. He was vice-chair of the Geo-Institute’s Geosynthetics Committee from 2004 to 2015. Zornberg is past chair of the International Activities Council of the Geo-Institute and has been a member of several Geo-Institute committees, such as the Unsaturated Soils Committee, the Environmental Geotechnics Committee, and the International Activities Committee. He also served as president of the International Geosynthetics Society.

In recognition of his contributions, Zornberg has received a number of prestigious awards, including the J. James R. Croes Medal and the Collingwood Prize from ASCE, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), awarded by President George W. Bush in 2002.

He earned his B.S. (Hons) from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina), his M.S. from the PUC of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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