Queen’s University Canada research chair in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering Kerry Rowe has been named as the Mercer Lecturer for the 2018/2019 tour.
Rowe, who delivered the Rankine Lecture in 2005, the Casagrande lecture in 2011 and the Karl Terzaghi Lecture in 2017, will discuss the use of geosynthetics in construction on soft soils in his Mercer Lecture.
The biannual lecture tour was established in 1982 in memory of geogrid inventor Brian Mercer and Rowe was selected by an advisory committee formed by the International Geosynthetics Society, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and event sponsor Tensar.
“We are delighted Rowe has agreed to be the next Mercer Lecturer,” said Tensar vice president global applications technology Tim Oliver.
“Rowe has built an unrivalled global reputation for his work in both research and engineering practice in a wide range of disciplines, including geosynthetics. He is therefore an ideal person to deliver the Mercer Lecture, which aims to promote co-operation and information exchange between the geotechnical engineering profession and the geosynthetics industry.
“The Mercer lecture series aims to reach out beyond the world of geosynthetics and engage with geotechnical engineers at large –some of whom may not yet be fully familiar with the potential for geosynthetics in their area of interest.”