TITLE: “From Certainty to Uncertainty in 64 Years”
The Speaker, a graduate from the UofT in the class of 1956, was exposed at the outset of his career to a program that presented engineering practice as having a high degree of certainty. Over a duration of 64 years devoted to teaching,research and professional practice in the field of Geotechnical Engineering, he has become increasingly aware of uncertainty in professional practice. Key milestones associated with this odyssey and the management of uncertainty will be discussed.
Dr. Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, is an international authority on geotechnical engineering and a highly sought-after consultant. As an educator, researcher and practitioner, the international scope of his experience spans over 40 countries on 6 continents. Among his recognitions, he is an elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of India. He has been inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada for his outstanding achievements in and life-long contributions to geotechnical engineering. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. Moreover, he is an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University, PRC.