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Civil Engineering Chair Ronaldo Luna Selected as Outstanding Professional Engineer in Higher Education by the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers

March 21, 2017
Civil Engineering, Parks College News

lunaoutstandingpemspe-stlRonaldo Luna (right) is presented his Outstanding Professional Engineer in Higher Education Award by Dr. Richard Stephenson

Ronaldo Luna, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor and department chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, has been named the Outstanding Professional Engineer in Higher Education for 2017 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE-STL). The award was presented at the society’s annual awards banquet held this February.

“Every year the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers has the honor of presenting the Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education award to an educator who excels in instruction and has increased awareness of licensure for professional engineers,” said Michael Rademacher, PE, Awards Committee Chair MSPE-STL. “It was a privilege to present the 2017 award to Dr. Ronaldo Luna.”

The Outstanding Professional Engineer in Higher Education Award is determined by a review of nominees by the Professional Recognition Committee. Nominations are solicited from MSPE-STL members, although nominees need not be a member of MSPE-STL to be considered for the award.

“I an extremely honored to receive this award, especially since it comes from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, where I have practiced as a PE for the past 18 years, all in higher education,” said Luna. “Now I plan to pour all my wisdom into the Civil Engineering program at SLU.”

Luna joined Saint Louis University in 2014 as Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering.  He teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the field of geotechnical engineering. He was a professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO, for fifteen years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1983 from the University of Maryland, his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1985 from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was Post–Doctoral Fellow in 1995 at Georgia Tech as well. Between his graduate degrees he practiced as a geotechnical engineer in the states of California and Washington and internationally.  He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri, California, and Washington.

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