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educator , Civil engineer

Thomas Denis O'Rourke, American civil engineer, educator. Named Rankine Lecturer, British Geotechnical Association, 2009; recipient Trevithick prize, British Institution Civil Engineers, 2002, Outstanding Paper award, Japan Gas Association, 2003, Engineer District Service award, University Illinois, 2005.

Background

O'Rourke, Thomas Denis was born on July 31, 1948 in Pittsburgh. Son of Lawrence Robert and Adele Mildred (Moloski) O'R.

Education

1 child, Adele Christina. Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1970. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1973, Doctor of Philosophy., 1975.

Soils engineer Dames & Moore, New York City, 1970. Research assistant University of Illinois, Urbana, 1970-1975, assistant professor, 1975-1978. Assistant professor Cornell Univercity, 1978-1980, associate professor, 1981-1987, professor, 1987^.

Elected to National Academy Engineering, 1993.

Career

Geotechnical engineer Dames & Moore, New York City, 1970. Research assistant University Illinois, Urbana, 1970-1975, assistant professor, 1975-1978, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1978-1980, associate professor, 1981-1987, professor, 1987-1998, Thomas R. Briggs professor engineering, since 1999. With National Academy Engineering, 1993.

Membership

Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member: American Society for Testing and Materials (C.A. Hogentogler award 1976), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (president Ithaca section 1981-1982, chair executive committee technical council lifeline earthquake engineer 1998-1999, Collingwood prize 1983, Huber prize 1988, C. Martin Duke award 1995, Stephen D. Bechtel pipeline engineering award 1997, Ralph B. Peck award 2005), United States Committee on Tunnelling Technology (chairman 1987-1988), International Society Rock Mechanics, International Society Engineering Geology, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (board directors 1998—2000, vice president 2000, president 2003-2004, Outstanding Paper award 1996).

Connections

Married Patricia Ann Lane, August 12, 1978. 1 child, Adele Christina.

father:
Lawrence Robert O'R.

mother:
Adele Mildred (Moloski) O'R.

spouse:
Patricia Ann Lane

child:
Adele Christina O'Rourke