UW prof praised for work on D18 (soil and rock) and D35 (geosynthetics)
ASTM announced in a March 19 press release that Craig Benson, Ph.D. and engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the recipient of the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to ASTM’s Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.
The release noted that Benson has been an ASTM member for more than 25 years and that he also works with members of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. He has received numerous standards development awards from Committee D18, as well as two awards for outstanding articles published in the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. He received the title of ASTM fellow when he was honored with the Award of Merit, ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for contributions to standards activities, in 2011.
Benson has a joint appointment as chair of the civil and environmental engineering and geological engineering departments at UW-Madison and was named distinguished professor in 2007, according to the press release. He is also director of sustainability research and education, co-director of the office of sustainability, director of the UW geotechnics laboratory, and is an affiliate professor at the UW Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
The release said that Benson graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He holds a master’s and his doctorate in civil engineering (geotechnical/geo-environmental) from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin and a board certified environmental engineer per the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.