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Rudy Bonaparte to Give 2024 Reese Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin

Rudy Bonaparte, PhD, PE, DGE, FASCE, NAE, (Georgia) will speak to current and future geoprofessionals about their vital role in addressing climate change when he delivers the 2024 Lymon C. Reese Distinguished Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

The lecture will be held on April 12, 2024, at the Mulva Auditorium of the university’s Engineering Education and Research Center at 4:30 p.m. CDT. The title of his talk is “Geoprofessionals as Leaders in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.” The event, which also includes a career fair and reception, is offered for free.

In addition to serving as Geosyntec's CEO for 20 years, Rudy is a Senior Principal and chairs the company's Board of Directors. His areas of focus include geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminated site, waterway, and sediment assessment and remediation; and solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive waste disposal facility permitting and design.

Rudy believes in service to the profession, routinely authoring papers, book chapters, and government reports, in addition to serving on editorial boards. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award from the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, the Terzaghi Lecture Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the ASCE James R. Croes Medal, among others. In 2006, he was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas. Rudy is also Professor of the Practice at Georgia Tech, where he co-teaches the course, “Global Engineering Leadership.”

The Reese Lecture Series honors Lyman Reese, who had a 33-year career at the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted pioneering work involving instrumented piles, drilled shafts, and deep foundations. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1975, he developed analytical methods now widely used to design deep foundations.

Abstract

The climate of Texas, the Gulf Coast region, and indeed most of the world is warming and will continue to warm, with anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions being the primary driving factor. Societies are responding individually and collectively through a wide range of mitigation and adaptation initiatives. Much more will need to be done over the coming decades. This lecture begins with a brief review of current and projected climate change impacts to communities, infrastructure, and natural resources, with a focus on Texas and the Gulf Coast region. The lecture then describes areas of opportunity for geoprofessionals and civil, architectural, and environmental engineers (CAEEs), to contribute to both climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The lecture will show that geoprofessionals (and, more broadly, CAEEs) in Texas and the Gulf Coast region have a large and vital role to play in these efforts, one that will last for decades, a role in line with the vision of the Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas. The engineering response to climate change will create substantial opportunities for our profession but also a responsibility as CAEE leaders to contribute to solutions.

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