Dr. Thomas Murray (BSCE’62) was named with the 2012 class of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Distinguished Members.
ASCE defines a Distinguished Member as “a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.”
Murray certainly has earned this honor. Referred to Engineering News-Record in May 1997 as the floor vibration “guru,” Murray pioneered many structural engineering solutions to floor vibrations in buildings and bridges. He also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering – the highest professional honor an American engineer can attain. Dr. Murray taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Oklahoma and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University throughout his illustrious structural engineering career – the latter he retired as professor emeritus in 2008. In 2007, Murray received Iowa State University’s Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering, an award to honor the alumnus’ “superior technical or professional accomplishments in the areas of research, development, administration, education and other engineering activity.”
After graduating from Iowa State in 1962 with a BS in civil engineering, Murray worked as an engineer trainee at Pittsburgh-Des Moines steel company (now Pitt-Des Moines, Inc.). Later he earned a Master’s degree in civil engineering at Lehigh University and a PhD in engineering mechanics at University of Kansas.