Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Robert Bea was awarded the Ralph Peck Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers at the February Geo-Institute meeting on deep foundations. The society cited Bea’s “pioneering contributions to the design of pile foundations for offshore platforms and application of reliability methods to the design of deep foundations.”
Anil Chopra, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the George W. Housner Medal. The highest honor of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Housner medal is bestowed on one individual per year for extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies. Chopra was honored for his fundamental contributions to structural dynamics and to the earthquake response of structures.
The Association of Environmental Resource Economists has elected Anthony Fisher, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Fisher will serve as president-elect for the remainder of 2002, and as president for 2003 and 2004.
Berkeley poet and translator Professor Robert Hass has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the U.S. The academy was founded in 1898 “to foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Hass has taught at Berkeley since 1989.
Chenming Hu, Taiwan Sem-conductor Manufacturing Company Distinguished Professor of Microelectronics, shared the 2002 Solid-State Circuits Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers with former professor Ping-Keung Ko.
This is the second time Hu has received the Technical Field Award from the institute, and the first time in the organization’s history that someone received the award twice. Hu is currently on leave from the electrical engineering and computer science department.
Guido Imbens, professor in the departments of economics and agricultural and resource economics, has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. Imbens, who arrived at Berkeley in the 2001-02 academic year, specializes in theoretical and applied econometrics, with emphasis on questions of identification and estimation of causal effects.