The George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) board have announced the 2022 class of recipients of engineering alumni awards. The recipients of the 12 awards will be recognized at the 2022 George R. Brown School of Engineering Alumni Awards Celebration in October.
Among the recipients are Carlos Estuardo Ventura and Elle Lewis Anderson, who earned degrees in civil engineering from Rice.
Ventura is to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. He earned his M.C.E. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Rice in 1985. With more than 30 years of experience as a structural engineer, he is director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility at the University of British Columbia. His research has focused on structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has published more than 400 technical papers related to the seismic behavior of structures, and is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a fellow of Engineers Canada.
Anderson is to receive the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Rice in 2001. She is founder and co-owner of Grounds Anderson, LLC, a woman-owned, Houston-based consulting firm specializing in civil engineering and water resources. She was a four-year Rice women’s tennis letter-winner and was elected in 2021 to the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame. She is an emeritus member of the Georg