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Ning Lu honored as ASCE Distinguished Member

Lu was included in the 2024 class for his research on understanding soil behavior
Professor Ning Lu

Ning Lu, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been honored as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  

Lu was inducted in the 2024 class for his seminal contributions to understanding soil behavior by generalizing effective stress and unifying pore water pressure for saturated and unsaturated porous media.  

Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE bestows and is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows. Classes are named annually. 

Lu has been honored several times by ASCE, including winning the Norman Medal twice in 2007 and 2021, the Karl Terzaghi Award in 2023 and the Maurice Biot Medal and Ralph B. Peck Medal (both in 2017), among other honors. 

Lu’s research is focused on seeking common threads among basic soil physical phenomena, including fluid flow, technical transport, heat transfer, stress and deformation. He has a PhD and master’s degree in civil engineering, both from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in geotechnical engineering from Wuhan University of Technology. Lu is a fellow of ASCE, Geological Society of America and Engineering Mechanics Institute. He serves as editor of the Vadose Zone Journal of the Soil Science Society of America and associate editor of the Geotechnical Testing Journal of the American Society for Testing Materials. 

ASCE represents more than 160,000 civil engineers in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, it is the U.S.’s oldest national civil engineering society. 

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