Engineering Prof Gets Award
GRAND RAPIDS — A Calvin College professor of engineering has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2008 recipient of the ASCE Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award.
According to a news release, Robert Hoeksema was selected for the award for his book “Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the Netherlands,” which the ASCE said "enriched the heritage of engineers everywhere by linking one of the world's great civil engineering achievements to the history of The Netherlands."
The award began in 1966 as a way to "recognize those persons who through writing, research, or other efforts have made outstanding contributions to a better knowledge of, or appreciation for, the history and heritage of civil engineering."
Hoeksema follows a long line of prominent civil engineers who have received this award, including Ulysses S. Grant III, a civil engineer who was a grandson of the U.S. President.
Hoeksema's book documents how The Netherlands used and developed technologies over many centuries to create and maintain usable dry land in a very inhospitable environment.
A 1976 Calvin graduate, Hoeksema also has graduate degrees in civil engineering hydraulics, hydrology and water resources.