Professor Richard Fenwick was formally awarded the title at IPENZ’s annual Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.
Just 68 people have ever been recognised with such an honour in New Zealand.
The honour is made for the “eminent contribution” Mr Fenwick has made to the advancement of engineering knowledge and technological education.
This contribution spans 40 years as an educator and researcher, as a major contributor to the development of engineering standards and, more recently, as one of three Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commissioners. In this role, Mr Fenwick acted as a principal concrete expert.
Along with his fellow commissioners, his work has earned the respect of the international earthquake engineering community.
In 2010, Mr Fenwick was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to engineering.
He is a Life Member of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and the Structural Engineering Society, and is an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Concrete Society.
“The Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner is a very special occasion for IPENZ as we honour and celebrate the outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the engineering profession,” IPENZ chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene says.
“It is an opportunity to highlight the great work our engineers do and the positive benefits brought to New Zealand.”