CEE professor Billie F. Spencer has been elected as a foreign member of the Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ). He is the first faculty member from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and one of only five civil engineering professors in the United States to achieve this honor.
Founded in 1987, the EAJ comprises “leading experts from academia, industry and government institutions who possess a wide range of knowledge and have made outstanding contributions in engineering and technological sciences, and closely related fields,” according to the academy’s website.
The EAJ has approximately 800 individual Japanese members and 21 foreign members (nonresidents of Japan), including 10 from the United States.
Spencer is the Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering; Co-Director of CIRCLE: the Center for Infrastructure-Resilient Cities as Livable Environments; and Director of the Smart Structures Technology Laboratory. He joined the CEE faculty in 2002.
Spencer has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and structural reliability. His research interests are in structural health monitoring, structural control, computer vision and machine learning, stochastic fatigue, stochastic computational mechanics and natural hazard mitigation.
Article from CEE website.