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Charles Dowding is Elected Fellow in the American Rock Mechanics Association

Charles Dowding is elected a fellow in the American Rock Mechanics Association

Charles Dowding stands with the Inaugural group of ARMA Fellows. From Left to Right: Charles Dowding, H.H. Einstein, C. Fairhurst, R. Goodman, S. Green, B. Haimson, F. Hueze, J.C. Rogiers, B. Amadei.


August 12, 2008

ITI Researcher Charles H. Dowding was recently elected a Fellow into the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). ARMA serves as a repository of information for the development of rock mechanics and engineering, and promotes development of knowledge within the field.The ARMA Fellows Program recognizes outstanding expertise and achievements in the field of rock mechanics. Fellows were inducted at the combined 42nd U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S - Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium in San Francisco, CA in July, 2008.

Dowding is a former chairman of the ASCE Rock Mechanics Committee, former member of the board of directors of the American Rock Mechanics Association and in 2001 chaired the committee that wrote the ARMA/NSF report “Rock Engineering Issues in Underground Urban Infrastructure Construction.” He is currently a consultant for the Metro North Railroad for oversight of blasting to extend the Long Island Railroad into Grand Central Station in New York City.

In rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering he is best known for his three books: Construction Vibrations, Blast Vibration Monitoring and Control, and GeoMeasurements by Pulsing TDR Cables and Probes. His fourth book, Micro-Meter Crack Response to Vibration and Weather, will be published by ISEE in the Fall of 2008.