Professor, Student Organization Honored at Annual ASCE Event


Erin D. McKenzie
Prof. Jerry Rogers
Prof. Jerry Rogers

An associate professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the university’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering were both honored earlier this month at the ASCE Texas Section Fall 2008 Meeting.

Jerry R. Rogers, an associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, was presented with the Lifetime Service Award. He was among four from across the state selected to receive the award, presented for enduring service and leadership to ASCE at the Texas, national and branch levels.

Throughout nearly four decades, Rogers has been involved with ASCE serving in roles that include Dallas branch board member, Houston branch president, Texas Section president and national vice president on the ASCE Executive Committee.

Presented only on special occasion years, distribution of the service award marked the 95th anniversary of ASCE’s Texas Section.

The meeting brought ASCE members, officers and student chapters from across Texas to Dallas Oct. 3. During the two-hour annual event, Texas Section officers for the 2008-09 year were installed and several recognitions and awards were given.

In addition to Rogers honor, the University of Houston chapter of ASCE was presented the Student Chapter Certificate of Merit for their 2007-08 annual report, said Jesica Baptista, University of Houston ASCE Student Chapter president. The student chapter was selected, Baptista said, for it’s high grade on the report that documents volunteer work, meeting attendance, new membership and competition participation throughout the year.

A requirement for chapters across the state, the UH group beat out 10 others for the honor.


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