Prof. Emeritus Uri Shamir from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has been chosen as a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) He is one of only nine selected this year out of the association’s 150,000 members. Prof. Shamir was chosen in recognition of his achievements as an educator and leader in the research and application of scientific hydrology and which includes the development of policy; decision making; management; and the engineering of water systems.
Prof. Shamir is an expert in the planning, design, and implementation of water systems. After arriving from MIT in 1967, he began teaching at the Technion and at some of the most prestigious universities in North America. He advised many organizations – including Mekorot and the Water Authority – and was a member of the diplomatic negotiating team with Israel’s neighboring countries. He has held many positions at the Technion, and was the founder and first director of the Technion’s Grand Water Research Institute (GWRI). In 2013, Prof. Shamir received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel Water Association.