Alum Honored by Civil/Environmental Engineering Society


Anthony Collins

Lehigh alumnus Anthony G. Collins was presented the 2006 Lynn S. Beedle Award at the 71st annual Fritz Engineering Research Society (FERS) Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 3. Currently serving as president of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., Dr. Collins earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1973 and 1982, respectively.
The Lynn S. Beedle Award is named for the late professor of civil engineering at Lehigh and founder of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Beedle (1918-2003) was perhaps best known as the long-time director of the CTBUH, an international organization of 1,500 engineers, architects and city planners that he founded at Lehigh in 1969.
Lynn Beedle was world renowned for six decades of sustained, global leadership in structural engineering and higher education, and for his visionary, international efforts to facilitate professional exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings and the urban habitat.
This award, endowed by gifts from the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Lehigh University in 2003, is given annually to honor a Lehigh University Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate or faculty member for outstanding achievements in, and contributions to the advancement of the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering in education, scholarship, professional leadership, industrial achievement, or a combination of these.

Lynn Beedle, 1918-2003

“With this award,” says John Wilson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Dr. Collins is recognized for his accomplishments in advancing engineering education and as a leader in higher education. He’s been a professor and researcher in environmental engineering, a department chair, a dean of engineering, a provost, and now president of Clarkson University.”
Collins is a board member of Central New York Metropolitan Development Authority (MDA), CITEC Manufacturing & Technology Solutions, and New York Indoor Environmental Quality (NYIEQ) Center, and the Chair of the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley.
Previous Lynn S Beedle Awards were awarded to Dr. Beedle himself in 2003; to Dr. George C. Lee, Former Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SUNY- Buffalo, in 2004; and to George J. Tamaro, Partner, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, in 2005.