Pierre Julien named American Society of Civil Engineers Distinguished Member

Portrait of Pierre Julien
Professor Pierre Y. Julien, ASCE Distinguished Member

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Pierre Y. Julien has been selected as one of 10 Distinguished Members to be inducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2022.

Distinguished membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow and is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE members or fellows.

Julien is an internationally recognized expert in river engineering and sediment transport with more than 40 years of experience. He has made significant contributions to computer modeling of upland erosion processes, river sedimentation, contaminant transport, and aquatic habitat for endangered species.

Julien’s career has had global impact. He has completed worldwide projects for 50 different agencies including the World Bank, served UNESCO, and moderated a plenary session at the World Water Forum in 2015.

In 1979, Pierre Julien became a substitute professor at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. A NATO postdoctoral scholarship brought him to Colorado State University in 1983, where he joined the faculty in 1985.

“The award brings distinction to CSU for the career-long support of my research activities in river engineering,” Julien said. “It specifically sheds a bright light on our Hydraulics Laboratory at the Engineering Research Center.”

Julien was previously honored with the H.A. Einstein Award in 2004 and the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award in 2015. He has delivered 25 keynote addresses in 11 different countries, taught 20 short courses, and guided 44 Ph.D. (from 16 different countries) and 120 master’s students to graduation.

He has authored two textbooks, 35 book chapters and manuals, 200 refereed journal publications, and 250 conference papers and presentations. His new textbook, Essentials of Hydraulics, will be published by Cambridge University Press in summer 2022.

“I am hopeful [the award] will encourage my colleagues to keep working hard in their pursuit of excellence,” Julien said. “It should also motivate all of us to volunteer time in professional societies and get involved in the development of water resources at the international scale.”