UW-Madison Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies Jeffrey Russell has been honored as one of five 2014 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2014. The award was given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. Russell was honored for his career in education. The award, which recognizes Russell’s extraordinary contributions to civil engineering throughout his 25-year career, was presented March 20 during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Va.

“Jeffrey is an articulate and innovative leader, who inspires students and demonstrates the importance of embracing technology and higher standards in civil engineering education,” said Randall S. Over, president of ASCE.

Russell, Ph.D.,P.E., Dist.M., ASCE, National Academy of Construction, joined UW-Madison’s faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. While at UW-Madison, he co-founded the Construction Engineering and Management Program and developed the construction curriculum. As an educator, Russell is dedicated to using emerging technology in the classroom to prepare the next generation of engineers.

In addition, Russell has authored and co-authored a myriad of papers on the subject of educating civil engineers. His body of work demonstrates his commitment to increasing and enhancing civil engineering education to ensure future civil engineers are well prepared to meet the industry’s challenges.

Russell holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati and a master’s and doctoral degree from Purdue University. He has been Dean of Continuing Studies and Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning since 2011.

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