Sidney A. Thompson, Ph.D., F.ASCE, the R. H. Davenport Chaired Professor in biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Thompson has been on the faculty of UGA since 1980 and is currently serving as the Inaugural Chair of the university’s ECAM School of Engineering, which includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental, civil, agricultural, and mechanical engineering. He has over 85 refereed publications to his credit, many of which concern study of the properties and storage of particulate solids, Thompson’s primary research field. He has primarily taught courses in structural engineering and engineering design fundamentals at UGA, and has been recognized throughout his career with multiple teaching awards by his department and college.
He was the president of ASCE’s Northeast Georgia Branch in 1992, and president of the Georgia Section in 2002. Between 1992 and 1999, he served on the State Board of Directors for the Georgia Section of ASCE. In 2004 he was awarded the Engineer of the Year in Education by the Georgia Engineering Alliance.
Thompson has a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University (1976), an M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University (1977), and a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Kentucky (1981).