UWS honours eminent structural engineer

Date: 11/04/2002

Professor Russell Bridge, the former foundation professor of civil engineering at UWS Nepean, has received the title of Emeritus Professor for his distinguished service to the University of Western Sydney and his profound contributions to structural engineering nationally and internationally.

Professor Bridge was appointed to UWS in 1995 to lead the research and academic development of the Civil Engineering degree and was successful in achieving full accreditation by the Institution of Engineers, Australia with the graduation of the first civil engineering graduates in 1997.

In the same year he was appointed to the University's Building Academic Advisory Board and assisted with the development of the Building Engineering degree. This degree was the first of its type in Australia to enable engineers to plan, design and maintain the building infrastructure for safe and sustainable communities.

Professor Bridge established the Designated Research Group in Materials and Structures in 1996 and was successful in securing research grants and industry funding. Through his strong industry associations he established the Centre for Construction Technology and Research (CCTR), now one of the four prestigious University research centres within UWS and a major industry facility. He continues to fulfil a vital role in CCTR's operations as Deputy Director, and is involved on a wide range of research projects advising Centre staff.

His research areas have included reinforced concrete members and frames, composite steel and concrete construction, the reliability basis of design, buckling of thin-walled steel elements, advanced methods of analysis and design, and the influence of imperfections on structural behaviour. He has been consulted by industry and government authorities on a wide range of structural engineering problems.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, says it is a pleasure to honour Professor Bridge for his distinguished service to UWS.

"One of Professor Bridge's most enduring achievements has been his contribution to limit-states design of major building and bridge structures, and development of new generation Australian limit-state design Standards. In 1995 he received the prestigious Standards Australia Award," Professor Reid said.

"He has enjoyed membership of numerous international technical societies and promoted the excellence of Australian practice and research by his involvement in Task Groups, Committees and Working Commissions. His contributions to research have been adopted by the Australian Standards Commission as well as Eurocode4, the code used by all European countries.

"The University community is proud to honour the work of Professor Russell Bridge and the vital role he has played in establishing civic engineering at UWS."


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