Professor Laghrouche elected as Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Professor Omar Laghrouche (left) was awarded the third prize in the Society of Petroleum Engineers Research and Development Competition.

Professor Omar Laghrouche, from Heriot-Watt University's Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE), has become a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Fellowships are awarded to senior civil engineers who have made a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession or have advanced the practice of engineering. Fellow is the highest and most senior grade of ICE Membership.

Professor Laghrouche joined Heriot-Watt University in 2004. His research focuses on computational mechanics with a particular emphasis on the numerical modelling of soil-structure interaction, ground vibration propagation and the dynamics of neighbouring structures.

Society of Petroleum Engineers award

Professor Laghrouche was also recently awarded third prize in the Society of Petroleum Engineers' (SPE) Research and Development Competition at the SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition for his research proposal to use "Multi-wavelength sized finite elements for efficient sub-surface imaging". The Competition was specifically organised by the SPE to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in the big challenges that face today's oil and gas industry.