Dr. Dennis D. Truax, the 2022 president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), will present a talk titled “Engineering Our Future” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, on the Missouri S&T campus. He will discuss how ASCE envisions building a better infrastructure system using new methods and advanced materials to support a sustainable, inclusive and equitable society.
Truax will speak in Room 125 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall, located near 15th and Pine streets in Rolla. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast interactively as a webinar. The civil, architectural and environmental engineering department and the ASCE student chapter at Missouri S&T are hosting the presentation.
Truax is professor emeritus of the Richard A. Rula School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University. During his 41-year career, he served as school director, department head and professor. He held the James T. White endowed chair at Mississippi State for 15 years and was director or co-director of the Mississippi Transportation Research Institute for 13 years.
Truax is a licensed professional engineer and holds national certifications as an environmental engineer from the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Scientists and as a water resource engineer with American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. As a consulting engineer, he has worked on environmental and water resource management systems throughout the world, including the design of over 550 water and wastewater treatment systems.
Truax was elected as an ASCE fellow in 1999 and fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2016. He is a chapter honor member of the Mississippi State University Chapter of Chi Epsilon. Truax received the 2020 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award and the 2018 NCEES Distinguished Service Award. Recently, he was the 2020 ASCE Region 5 Wall of Fame Inductee and in 2021 was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students and is part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.