Benson, recently selected as the 13th Dean of the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science, received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for his work with the ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.
Benson earned his B.S. in civil and enviromental engineering from Lehigh before receiving his masters and docorate in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He was chair of both the civil and environmental engineering and geological engineering departments at the University of Wisconsin. Benson will begin his new position at Virginia on July 1, 2015.
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