Achenbach Receives Honorary Degree from Zhejiang University

Professor Achenback Accepting AwardJan D. Achenbach, Walter P. Murphy and Distinguished McCormick School Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics and mechanical engineering, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from China’s Zhejiang University.

Achenbach was presented the award on September 7 in a ceremony with the university’s president, Yang Wei, in the Zhejiang Province.

The award is a rare honor, as Chinese universities bestow honorary degrees only once every five years or so and their selections must be approved by state officials. Previous recipients of Zhejiang University’s honorary doctorate include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Achenbach is the seventh individual – and the first engineer – to receive an honorary doctorate from Zhejiang University.  Detail