EVANSTON, Ill. --- John Rudnicki, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering, has received the 2006 Maurice A. Biot Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
He was cited for his fundamental contributions to the mechanics of porous media and its applications to rock mechanics and geophysics.
Rudnicki's conducts theoretical research on inelastic behavior, failure and fracture of geomaterials. He also focuses on the effects of coupling between deformation and pore fluid diffusion with applications to deformation of the Earth's crust, mechanics of earthquakes, storage and recovery of energy, disposal of toxic wastes and sequestration of carbon dioxide.
The author of numerous articles and book chapters on poromechanics, Rudnicki currently is a member of the advisory board of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. He previously served as associate editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Rudnicki, who joined Northwestern in 1981, is a member of the Council on Geosciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy; the Poroelasticity Committee of the ASCE; and the external advisory board of the Southern California Earthquake Center. He served as a member of the U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics for the National Research Council.