Smith named holder of Kelleher Professorship
COLLEGE STATION -- Dr. Roger E. Smith, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and a researcher with the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), has been named holder of the Herbert D. Kelleher Professorship in Transportation. Smith came to Texas A&M in 1986 as an associate professor. From 1968 to 1975, Smith was an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of captain in 1970. He also was a geotechnical and materials engineer for Hurst-Rosche Engineers Inc. from 1979 to 1980 and technical director for ERES Consultants Inc. from 1980 to 1986. Smith's areas of expertise are in pavement evaluation, rehabilitation, management and design; infrastructure management; transportation materials; and construction materials. A registered professional engineer in Illinois and Texas, Smith is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Transportation Research Board, the American Society for Testing and Materials and the American Society for Engineering Education. In February 2004, the Transportation Research Board appointed Smith member emeritus of its Committee on Pavement Maintenance. Smith received the Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award for 2002-03 in the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M. And in 1997, Smith received the TTI/Zachry Senior Researcher Award in recognition of his research accomplishments and national standing in the field of pavement design, construction, maintenance and performance, and his continued leadership and support of research within TTI. Smith holds bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Wabash College.