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Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, and professor of civil and environmental engineering, and of mechanical engineering at Rice University, has been honored with the prestigious 2018 Distinguished Lecturer Award by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

In accepting the award, DesRoches agrees to deliver an address at the EERI’s 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering to be held June 25-29 in Los Angeles, and at six other EERI regional or student chapters during the year. His lecture may also be published in Earthquake Spectra, the EERI’s journal.

The EERI citation singles out DesRoches’ “outstanding professional contributions of major importance for earthquake hazard mitigation.”

A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), DesRoches’ research focuses on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials. He served as the key technical leader in the U.S. response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

DesRoches serves on the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable, the Board on Army Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Advisory Committee, the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management Research Center.

He has testified before U.S. House and Senate subcommittees on earthquake resilience and participated in Washington, D.C., roundtables for media and congressional staffers on topics ranging from disaster preparedness to challenges for African-American men in the STEM fields. Among DesRoches’ honors are the 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.

Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications