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Chris Hendrickson Wins the 2020 Richard R. Torrens Award

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Chris Hendrickson

ASCE is pleased to announce Chris Hendrickson as the recipient of the 2020 Richard R. Torrens Award in recognition of his excellent editorial leadership and for contributions to the enhancement of the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems. The award is made by the ASCE Board Committee on Publications to a Journal editor whose contributions are considered outstanding.  Dr. Hendrickson responded with the following upon learning of the award, "I am greatly honored to be recognized by my peers with the Torrens Award.  I have enjoyed and learned a great deal working with ASCE publications, especially my continuing service as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A Systems.  I am fortunate to work with a great group of over twenty Associate Editors and hundreds of reviewers."

Dr. Chris Hendrickson is the Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus, Director of the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance and computer applications.

Dr. Hendrickson pioneered models of dynamic traffic equilibrium, including time-of-day departure demand models. He was an early contributor to the development of probabilistic network analysis for lifeline planning after seismic events. His work in construction project management emphasized the importance of the owner's viewpoint throughout the project lifecycle. With others at Carnegie Mellon's Engineering Design Research Center, he developed a pioneering, experimental building design system in the early 1990s that spanned initial concept through construction scheduling and animation.

Since 1994, he has concentrated on green design, exploring the environmental life cycle consequences of alternative product and process designs. He has contributed software tools and methods for sustainable construction, pollution prevention and environmental management, including life cycle analysis software and a widely cited analysis of the life cycle consequences of lead acid battery powered vehicles.

Richard R. Torrens served ASCE for 17 years in the Publications Department Headquarters, and was Manager of Professional and Technical Publications at his untimely death in 1984. The high quality of ASCE's Journals is in no small measure a result of his dedication and his support of the volunteer Journal editors. As a reflection of his distinguished service, the Richard R. Torrens Award honors volunteer Journal editors who make outstanding contributions to the ASCE publications program. You can learn more about this award on the ASCE Awards Website.