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Civil engineers honoured with Fellowship from the Academy


Two professors from the department of civil and environmental engineering at Imperial were elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK's champion of engineering excellence, on Tuesday evening.

Professors Howard Wheater and Chris Wise from the Faculty of Engineering join 56 other Fellows already on Imperial's staff, which includes 15 from the department of civil and environmental engineering.

Howard Wheater, professor of hydrology and head of the environmental and water resource engineering section, was cited for his contributions to engineering hydrology, particularly in the area of arid zone catchment hydrology and pollution transport.

"I'm obviously delighted with the news," said Professor Wheater. "I've been at Imperial 25 years and the Fellowship is a reflection of all the support from colleagues and students over that period."

Christopher Wise, 47, professor of creative design at Imperial and Founder Partner of Expedition Engineering Ltd was cited as 'One of the most outstanding engineers of his generation,' highlighting his work on projects such as the Torre del Collaerola, the War Museum in Duxford and the headquarters of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

The new Fellows join the Academy's current Fellowship of 1236, and are permitted to use the letters FREng after their name.

Imperial's new Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and their citations:

Howard Simon Wheater BA MA(Cantab) PhD FICE (54)
Distinguished for contributions to engineering hydrology. In particular for accomplishments in the area of arid zone catchment hydrology and pollution transport. The fate of radionuclides in vegetated soils has been a primary area of interest. This work has recently led to leadership of the NERC National Infrastructure for lowland catchment research (LOCAR) and professionally to the current Presidency of the British Hydrological Society.

Christopher Mark Wise BSc MIStructE MIABSE FRSA RDI (47)
One of the most outstanding engineers of his generation. Projects such as the Torre del Collaerola, the War Museum in Duxford and the headquarters of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt exemplify his design flair. His enthusiasm and creativity inspire his colleagues and students. He is one of those rare role models which the profession desperately needs.

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