Dr. William P. Schonberg, professor and chair of UMR’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
ASCE awards fellowships to professional civil engineers "who have made significant technical or professional contributions to the profession and who have demonstrated notable achievement" in engineering.
Schonberg was named chair of UMR’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department in 1999. Under his leadership over the past five years, the department moved into a renovated and expanded building, increased research activities, and added new degree offerings in architectural engineering and environmental engineering. Last fall, the department became the first UMR engineering program to achieve a top 25 ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college guide. U.S. News’ "Best American Colleges 2004" ranked the department 24th in the nation.
Prior to coming to UMR, Schonberg was chair of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama-Huntsville from 1995 to 1999.
An expert on hypervelocity impact phenomena, Schonberg’s research has been used in spacecraft design and protection, as well as in orbital debris impact assessments. Schonberg is the author or co-author of more than 55 papers and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Aerospace Engineering and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics. He holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Northwestern University and is a professional engineer in Alabama and Missouri.