Queen's vice-principal honoured by Royal Academy
KINGSTON, ON – Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe has been admitted by Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) into the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering during a ceremony this fall in London.
Dr. Rowe, who is also a civil engineering professor, is one of only six international Fellows admitted to the Academy, and the only Canadian, whose election was announced at the academy’s annual general meeting in London on July 5.
"I am delighted. It's very significant recognition of Canadian engineering and I'm pleased to be one of the very few Canadians to have been recognized by the UK’s Royal Academy,” says Dr. Rowe. "It's recognition of the international stature of our geotechnical and geoenvironmental research and the impact it has had, not just in Canada, but around the world."
The author of three books and more than 200 journal articles, Dr. Rowe’s research has won many awards including the Killam Prize, the Ontario Ministry of Environment Award of Excellence, and the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal. He was the first civil engineer to ever be awarded an NSERC Steacie fellowship. He has also served the profession in many capacities, including president of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2006-08), the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2001-02) and of the International Geosynthetics Society (1990-94).
He has been elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as professional societies in Canada, USA and Australia.