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Reston, Va. - Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This is the highest honor to which a civil engineer can aspire. A pioneer in researching computational and experimental fatigue and fracture mechanics, he has been a teacher and mentor to many throughout his career. Ingraffea will be inducted on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Celebration of Leaders Luncheon during ASCE's 2019 Convention, in Miami, Fla.

"ASCE is proud to present the 2019 class of Distinguished Members. Distinguished Members are the most eminent members in ASCE. The nine professionals recognized in 2019 are well-deserving of this recognition for their contribution to the civil engineering profession," said Robin A. Kemper, P.E. "Each member has attained a level of excellence that sets the standard for their peers, paving the way for engineers of the future. These civil engineers will join the ranks of 220 other current ASCE members who have received this honor."

Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the Cornell School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He has developed foundational finite element and boundary element methods of analysis for crack propagation. Additionally, he served on a team that forged the field of computational fracture mechanics, where they created software based on these two methods that could be used to simulate incremental crack propagation in two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures. He applied these tools to improving methods for design in fracture-safe structures used in civil, aeronautical, aerospace, mechanical and materials engineering. Early in his career with Grumman Aerospace, he contributed to the preliminary design of the Navy's F-14 and dynamic stress analysis and final design of NASA's Space Shuttle.

Ingraffea has authored and coauthored over 250 technical papers, many of which received prestigious awards. After experience with approximately $37 million in research and development projects from companies such as Shell, NASA Langley, Kodak, IBM, Schlumberger and Boeing, he became a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1984. As director of NSF's Synthesis: A National Engineering Education Coalition, he earned the Almeida Award for his work with middle-school students in Chicago. Additionally, he was recognized in TIME magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2011 for escalating fracking to a national environmental issue. Other awards include the George R. Irwin Medal from American Society for Testing and Materials, the Grumman Masters Fellowship, the 1999 Premiere Award for Educational Software and the Aviation Safety Turning Goals into Reality Award from NASA.

Ingraffea earned a bachelor's in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, master's in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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