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Thomas Zimmie To Receive 2019 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award

Thomas Zimmie To Receive 2019 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award

August 8, 2019

Thomas Zimmie, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will receive the 2019 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  

He is being recognized for “influencing generations of students as RPI’s ASCE Student Chapter Adviser for 39 years, and his ability to mesh his consulting experience with academic research, making his teaching especially relevant to his students.”   

Zimmie was very involved in studying the levee failures in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. His research focuses on levee design and erosion, dam safety, and physical modeling of blasting and explosions. 

The award will be presented in October at ASCE’s annual convention.


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