actively involved in influencing everything from local water
policy to international earthquake infrastructure standards.
Professor Thomas O’Rourke in the School of Civil and
Environmental Engineering served as President of the
Earthquake Engineering Research Institution, helping to
establish a government relations program for the organization,
and made several presentations to staff members of the House
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, as well as the
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
He has done similar work for the Office of the New Zealand
Prime Minister, and has served at the local level as his town’s
representative on a intermunicipal water commission.
Professor Stephen Wicker from the Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering has briefed the
Professors Mark Campbell of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering, Darrell Schlom of Materials Science
and Engineering and Matthew DeLisa of Chemical
and Biomolecular Engineering have all served a two-year
term on the Defense Science Study Group, a program of
education and study that introduces outstanding scientists
and engineering professors to the challenges facing national