Jul 28, 2006    #123
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Professor receives distinguished honor among civil engineers

Deborah J. O’Bannon, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering, was elevated to “Fellow” within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Fellow designation is considered one of the most esteemed honors that civil engineers can receive from their peers.

“This advancement is a great honor,” said Khosrow Sohraby, dean of the School of Computing and Engineering. “It recognizes her commitment to excellence in engineering education; her leadership and extensive activities as the faculty advisor of our school's chapter of the Society of Women of Engineers; and Dr. O'Bannon's current research as a National Science Foundation grant awardee."

The ASCE membership committee has called O’Bannon’s accomplishments impressive.

To be considered for the Fellow grade, an ASCE member must be a legally registered engineer or land surveyor, and have had responsibility spanning at least 10 years in the Member grade. The member must be qualified to direct, plan or design engineering works, and demonstrated broad responsibility for engineering work of major importance. A member may be awarded Fellow grade if he or she had responsible charge of important industrial business, construction, educational, editorial, research or engineering society activity.

ASCE leadership has acknowledged that the work of prominent civil engineers realizes a major goal — to serve as stewards of the public infrastructure and guardians of public health and safety.

“I'm very proud to be honored by the greater civil engineering community,” O’Bannon said. “In wearing my ASCE Fellow lapel pin, I've already found it to be a networking asset.”

Did You Know:

• Just 20 percent of undergraduate engineering students are women

• About 10 percent of engineers in the professional workforce are women

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 133,000 civil engineers worldwide. It is America's oldest national engineering society. Society celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002.


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