Karen Chou Named 2012 Civil Engineer of the Year by ASCE of Illinois

Civil Engineering Professor is Also Northwestern Alumna

Karen Chou, assistant chair and clinical professor of civil and environmental engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Civil Engineer of the Year Award by the Illinois section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Chou, who joined Northwestern’s faculty in 2010, has worked for more than 25 years in areas including structural reliability, applications of probability and statistics in constructed systems, structural health monitoring, development of learning tools, and engineering education. She has previously been recognized by the ASCE with a certificate of commendation for outstanding service as faculty adviser of an ASCE Student Chapter. She was also granted the Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award from the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies.

Chou received her BSCE from Tufts University with a dual major in civil engineering and mathematics and received her MS and PhD in structural engineering from Northwestern.

The award will be presented on October 10 at the ASCE Annual Dinner Meeting in Chicago.

The ASCE represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.