Civil Engineering

R. Kerry Rowe

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Kerry Rowe

Title: Professor, Ph.D., D.Eng., FREng, FRS, FRSC, FCAE, FEIC, P.Eng.
Office: Ellis-229B

Canada Research Chair - Tier I

Department of Civil Engineering
Ellis Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada

Tel: 1 (613) 533-3113
Fax: 1 (613) 533-2128

2013 Profile

Professional Activity | Memberships | Board of Directors

Educated at Fort Street High School (1964-1969) and the University of Sydney in Sydney Australia where he was awarded a BSc (Computer Science) in 1973, BE (Hons I, Civil Engineering) and the University Medal in 1975, a PhD in 1979 and D.Eng in 1993. Dr. Rowe worked as a geotechnical engineer with the Australian Government Department of Construction prior to emigrating to Canada in 1978. He spent 22 years as a professor, including 8 years as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He served as the Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada being responsible for the administration of all research (Business, Education, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Physical and Biological Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Medicine) conducted at Queen's from 2000-1010. He is presently a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering. His research and consulting has been in the fields of Geotechnical, Geosynthetic, Hydrogeologic, Landfill and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He is the lead author of the book "Barrier Systems for Waste Disposal Facilities", and editor of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Handbook for Kluwer Academic Publishers, and has more than 600 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books dealing with:

  • contaminant migration through soil and rock
  • landfill design
  • containment of contaminated sites
  • geosynthetics (including geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets etc.)
  • reinforced embankments and walls
  • tunnels in soft ground
  • failure of slopes and excavations

A winner of both UWO (1996) and OCUFA (1997) Excellence in Teaching Awards, and the Queen's University Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision (2013), he has supervised over 90 graduate students, many of whom have won prizes for their research. He has been recognized by over 75 awards for his research including an NSERC Steacie Fellowship, Killam Prize, and Killam Fellowship, Sir John Kennedy Medal, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Queen's University Excellence in Research Prize (2013). He has presented many prestigious lectures including the Giroud Lecture (2002), Rankine Lecture (2005), Manuel Rochas Lecture (2006), Casagrande Lecture (2011) and the Ferroco-Terzaghi Oration (2012). In 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering created the R. Kerry Rowe Lecture to honour his seminal contributions to the development of geoenvironmental engineering. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and, most recently, The Royal Society (of London). He is also a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Australian Institution of Engineers, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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Professional Activity

  • Past-President, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2008-1010
  • President, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2006-2008
  • President Elect, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2004-2006
  • President, Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2001 & 2002
  • Chairman, Standards Council of Canada (SCC) International Subcommittee on Geotextiles and Geomembranes - 1989 to 2000
  • Vice President, North American Geosynthetics Society - 1987 to 1991
  • Editor, International Geosynthetics Society Newsletter - 1986 to 1990
  • President, International Geosynthetics Society - 1990 to 1994
  • Immediate Past President, International Geosynthetics Society, 1994-1998
  • Vice President - Technical, Canadian Geotechnical Society - 1997 & 1998
  • Founding Chair, London District Section of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Canadian Geotechnical Society - 1993-1996
  • Vice-Chair, Ontario Regional Council, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - 1996-1998
  • Member, NSERC Civil Engineering Grant Selection Committee - 1996-1999
  • Chair, NSERC Civil Engineering Grant Selection Committee - 1998-1999
  • Technical Chairman, 6th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Atlanta, March 1998
  • Co-Chair of the Awards Committee of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 1999-Present
  • Technical Chairman, 6th Canadian Environmental Engineering Conference, London, June 2000

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  • Canadian Geotechnical Society Committee on Geotextiles, Geogrids and Geomembranes - 1982 to 2000
  • Canadian General Standards Board Committee on Geotextiles - 1982 to 2000
  • SCC International Subcommittee on Geotextiles and Geomembranes - 1984 to 2000
  • International Standardization Organization Working Group on Physical Properties of Geotextiles - 1986 to 2000
  • International Geotextile Society Technical Committee on Publications and Education - 1984 to 1988
  • Soil Properties Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1986 to 1995
  • Governing Council of the International Geotextile Society, 1988 to 1998
  • Groundwater Quality Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994 to 2000

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Editorial Board Membership

  • Geotextiles & Geomembranes (Elsevier), 1990 - present; Editor: 1997 'Äì present
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Associate Editor - 1983 'Äì present
  • Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1986 'Äì 1995
  • International Journal on Computers and Geotechnics, 1988 'Äì present
  • International Journal for Analytical and Numerical Methods in Geomechanics, 1987 'Äì 2013; Associate Editor - 1997 'Äì 2001
  • Geosynthetics International, 1994 'Äì present
  • Soils & Foundations: Journal of Japanese Geotechnical Society, 1997 'Äì present
  • Italian Geotechnical Journal, 1997 'Äì present
  • Geotechnical Engineering (Institution of Civil Engineers, U.K.), 1998 'Äì 2003
  • Lowland Technology International, 1999 'Äì present
  • Geotechnique (Institution of Civil Engineers, U.K.), 2000 'Äì 2004
  • Transport in Porous Media, 2000 'Äì present
  • International Journal of Geomechanics, 2001- present; Co-Editor, 2001- 2009
  • Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 2001- 2008
  • Waste Management, 2002 'Äì 2006
  • Soils and Rocks, 2005 'Äì present
  • Environmental Geotechnics, 2013 'Äì present
  • International Journal of Transportation Geotechnics, 2013 'Äì present

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Boards of Directors

  • Interuniversity Super Computer Advisory Board 1986 - 1989
  • Interuniversity Super Computer Advisory Board (Chair) 1989
  • Management Board OCLSC - University of Toronto 1989
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society 1997-1998
  • Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech) 2000-2002
  • Member, Executive Committee 2001-2002
  • Member, Audit Committee 2001-2002
  • Member, Environmental Advisory Committee 2001-2002
  • Member, Selection Committee for CEO 2001- 2002
  • High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPVCL)(Chair) 2000-2010
  • Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) 2000-2009
  • PARTEQ Innovations Inc (Chair) 2000-2010
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society 2000-2003
  • CANARIE Inc. 2003-2007
  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute 2003-2010
  • Engineering Institute of Canada, (President, 2006-2008), 2004-2010
  • Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE). 2005-2010
  • Kingston Technology Exchange Centre (Chair of Board and President), 2007-2010
  • Innovation Park Advisory Board (Chair) 2008-2010

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