COLLEGE STATION, TX – Dr. Herbert Richardson, director of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), was recently honored as a National Associate of the National Academies, an honorary title established by the Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Richardson¿s achievement carries a lifetime appointment.
“Dr. Richardson¿s service in transportation is valued, honored, and appreciated both within the National Academies and by government and the public at large,” said Bruce Albert, chair of the National Research Council. “The work of the National Academies in advising government and the public on matters of science, technology, and health would not be possible without these contributions.”
Richardson has served as Director of TTI and Associate Vice Chancellor of Engineering at Texas A&M since 1993, and was previously the Chancellor of the Texas A&M System from 1991-1993. He also holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Regents Professor. He came to Texas A&M in 1985 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he had served as a professor and department head in mechanical engineering and associate dean of the College of Engineering. A member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Transportation Research Board Executive Committee from 1985 to 1990, he served as chairman in 1988-89.
Richardson’s other honors include: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Rufus Oldenberger Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Honorary Member of ASME; and Centennial Medal, American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE). The National Academies consist of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.