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Craig H. Benson '85

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia

B.S., Civil Engineering

Craig H. Benson is the 13th dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is a renowned geoenvironmental engineer with a distinguished record of research. His research focus areas include engineered barriers for waste containment systems; engineering for sustainability & life cycle analysis; sustainable infrastructure and beneficial use of industrial byproducts in infrastructure. He has more than 300 research publications and three U.S. patents.

Prior to his position at the University of Virginia, Benson served at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he chaired the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Geological Engineering, co-directed the Office of Sustainability and served as Director of Sustainability Research and Education for the university. He was also an affiliate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Benson currently serves on the advisory board of the Global Waste Research Institute at the California Polytechnic State Institute at San Luis Obispo. He previously served as president of the Geo Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vice-chair of ASTM International’s Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.

In addition to being named a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Benson is a fellow of ASTM International and the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He was named one of the Top 100 educators by the Wisconsin Student Association and received the outstanding professor award from the ASCE Wisconsin Student Chapter.

He holds the Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Lehigh University and the Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in civil engineering/geoenvironmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.