Jack P. Moehle, founding director of PEER from 1996-2008, and Gregory Fenves, former associate director of PEER and developer of PEER’s OpenSees software, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
Jack Moehle, T.Y. and Margaret Lin Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, was recognized by the Academy for contributions to earthquake-resistant design and analysis of building structures, and for leadership in engineering education.
The National Academy’s statement on Gregory Fenves’ principal engineering accomplishments cited his “contributions to computational modeling, creation of open source software for earthquake engineering analysis, and academic leadership.” Fenves is currently executive vice president and provost, University of Texas, Austin.