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Dr. Barbara Luke Meets Requirements for the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineer (D.GE) Credential

Posted: December 21, 2010

Las Vegas –  The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is proud to announce that Dr. Barbara Luke, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has just earned the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineer credential from the Academy of Geo-Professionals board of trustees.  The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) has been formed by Geo-Professional Engineers from the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC), which is a separately incorporated and wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  The Academy encourages life-long learning and continued professional development. The aim is to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the Geo-Profession through the identification and certification of individuals, like Dr. Luke, who possess specialized knowledge within the Geo-Profession, for the benefit of the public.  For more information on the AGP, please visit their website.

Dr. Luke is eminently qualified for such an honor.  Her research program emphasizes seismic site characterization and geotechnical earthquake engineering and she is the Director of the Applied Geophysics Center here at UNLV.  She explains, "The mission of the UNLV Applied Geophysics Center is to promote research, teaching and community awareness of applied geophysics, for southern Nevada and beyond.  Current research projects in the AGC address earthquakes, non-intrusive characterization of soils to benefit engineering infrastructure, and environmental contaminants."

Professor Luke holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from University of Texas at Austin, and a M.S. from University of California, Berkeley.  She has been teaching geotechnical engineering and geophysical engineering at UNLV for the past fifteen years.  Additionally, Dr. Luke is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada, civil discipline and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Professor Luke was previously a technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, working in rock mechanics. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the ASCE Geo-Institute.  Previous activities with the Geo-Institute include service on the technical coordination council and heading a task force to invent a geotechnical student competition.  She has also served extensively with the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society.

About the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

Located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering provides research and academic programs to more than 1,600 undergraduate and over 250 graduate students. With more than 70 full-time faculty, and six departments, the college's goals are to provide a quality undergraduate learning experience in engineering and computer science; strengthen and enhance the graduate experience; focus knowledge, discovery, integration, and application in strategic areas; integrate research and education; and  to promote and enable partnerships with the private and public sectors.