The University of Windsor conferred the title of Distinguished University Professor on civil and environmental engineering professor Ram Balachandar during spring Convocation celebrations Wednesday, May 31.
The rank is awarded to senior scholars at the height of their careers who have distinguished achievements in teaching, and whose scholarly activities reflect a body of work recognized at a national or international level.
In 2019, Dr. Balachandar received the 2019 Camille A. Dagenais Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his outstanding contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada.
Dr. Balachandar has held administrative positions as head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associated dean of engineering, associate vice-provost, and vice-provost international.
His research in civil engineering focuses on open channel flows and fluid-structure interaction, with his efforts in the area of scour leading to substantially improved design equations. Balachandar has published 150 journal papers, six book chapters, and more than 200 conference papers and is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.