Verruijt to Receive ASCE’s Maurice A. Biot Medal

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May 1, 2014

Verruijt, ArnoldArnold Verruijt, D.Sc., is the recipent of the Maurice A. Biot Medal for his pioneering contributions to the theory of poroelasticity and the development of original analytical and numerical methods for solving problems of poroelasticity in soil mechanics and groundwater flow. Emeritus professor of soil mechanics at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Verruijt is a preeminent scholar in the field of poroelasticity and a pioneer in applying the theory of poroelasticity to groundwater acquifers before anyone else recognized its importance. Generations of researchers were inspired by his work and had implemented the theory to many land subsidence problems due to water and oil extraction from underground formations. Verruijt was also the first to report the curious phenomenon of water level initially rising, instead of falling, in neighboring observation wells when a well is being pumped (the Noordbergum effect). In addition, Verruijt produced some pioneering work on numerical methods for poroelasticity, methods that were generally accepted by the geotechnical engineering community. Throughout his distinguished career, Verruijt has received several awards and honors. He was Ontario Visiting Professor in Hydrology in 1969/1970, and was visiting professor in Haifa and in Sydney. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, a honorary member of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Engineering, and received the first Master Prize of the Delft University Foundation in 1994. In 1997 he was appointed Officer in the Royal Order of Oranje-Nassau, and on his retirement in 2002 he received the Silver medal of the Delft University of Technology.

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