Michigan Tech Department Chair Earns ASCE Fellow Honors

April 11, 2018


Audra Morse, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, chair of the civil and environmental engineering department at Michigan Technological University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Morse’s research focuses on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems and the fate of personal products in treatment systems. She has explored the prevention of biofouling in membrane systems and also has a passion for engineering education.

Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Morse was a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering in the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University, where she served as associate dean of undergraduate studies and led the Engineering Opportunities Center.

She is a recipient of the two highest teaching honors at Texas Tech, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award and the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2016 she was awarded both the President’s Excellence in Gender Equity Award and the Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) Award, West Texas Association for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math (STEAM).

Morse is devoted to serving her profession and peers through service to ASCE. She has been president of the Texas Section of ASCE, a mentor and assistant mentor at the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, and faculty advisor to ASCE’s Texas Tech student chapter. She assists in shaping civil engineering education through her committee work on the Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee, the Committee on Accreditation Operations, and the Committee on Education.

She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas Tech University. She is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Michigan and a Board-certified environmental engineer.

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