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AWARDS AND HONOURS

2016: Honourary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.): Western University, London, Canada

2016: Elected Foreign Member, US National Academy of Engineering.

2015: Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, Royal Society of Canada.

2015: Distinguished Lecturer, Institute of Advanced Study, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

2015: Runner-up for best paper published in Geosynthetics International published in 2014

2015: R.M. Quigley Award (Honourable Mention)

2015: Thomas Telford Gold Medal (Best paper of all papers published in the 34 Civil Engineering Journals published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

2014: Best Paper Award for best paper, 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics

2014: Best Paper Award from Geosynthetics International published in 2013

2014: R.M. Quigley Award (Honourable Mention)

2014: International Geosynthetics Society Award and Gold Medal for an Outstanding Contribution to the understanding of wrinkling in geomembranes.

2014: CSCE Donald R. Stanley Award

2013: Elected Fellow, the Royal Society (of London, UK).

2013: International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) holds the first ISSMGE R. Kerry Rowe lecture at the international conference in Paris.

2013: Queen's University Award for excellence in graduate student supervision

2013: Queen's University Prize for excellence in research

2013: Best paper award by Geosynthetics International

2013: Canadian Geotechnical Society: R.M. Quigley Award (Honourable Mention twice: Co-author of the both papers selected as runner up for Best Paper Award)

2012: Sir John Kennedy Medal, Highest award of the Engineering Institute of Canada

2012: Canadian Geotechnical Society: R.M. Quigley Award

2012: Killam Fellowship

2012: The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2012: 3rd Terzaghi Oration, Indian Geotechnical Society, New Delhi

2011: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Casimir Gzowski Medal

2011: Canadian Geotechnical Society: R.M. Quigley Award (Honourable Mention: Runner up for Best Paper Award)

2011: 7th Authur Casagrande Lecturer, 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

2010:   Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (2010-2017).

2010:   Elected International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (UK).

2009:   3rd Zeng Guo-Xi Lecturer, Zhejiang University 

2009:   Runner-up for best paper published in Geosynthetics International in 2008 for the paper: “Leachate chemical composition effects on OIT depletion in an HDPE geomembrane”, co-authored by R. K.,  Rowe, M. Z. Islam & Y. G. Hsuan

2009:   5th John Adjeleian Lecturer, Carleton University

2008:   Best paper award by Geosynthetics International (the journal with the 3rd highest impact factor of geotechnical journal in 2007) for the paper “Quantifying geomembrane wrinkles using aerial photography and digital image processing” co-authored by W.A. Take, M.J. Chappel and R.W.I. Brachman.

2008:   Runner-up for best paper published in Geosynthetics International in 2007 for the paper “Metal retention in geosynthetic clay liners following permeation by different mining solutions”, co-authored by K. Lange, and H. Jamieson.

2007:  Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Thomas C.  Keefer Medal for the paper “Effect of filter/separators on the clogging of leachate collection systems,” (judged the best paper on environmental engineering) co-authored by R. McIsaac and R.K. Rowe.

2007: 6th Lovell Distinguished Lecturer, Purdue University

2006: Distinguished Geoengineering Lecturer, 24th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Geoengineering, University of California, Berkeley

2006: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention (Runner up for R.M. Quigley Best Paper Award) for the paper "Change in leachate chemistry and porosity as leachate permeates through tire shreds and gravel" co-authored by R. McIsaac and R.K. Rowe.

2006: Elected Honorary Member, International Geosynthetics Society in recognition of "his exceptional service to the International Geosynthetics Society and his outstanding contribution to the geosynthetics industry"

2006: Canadian Cross-Canada Lecture Tour

2006: XXIII Manuel Rocha Lecture, the Portuguese Geotechnical Society, Lisbon.

2006: Schiffman Lecture, Cornell University, Ithica.

2006: George F. Sowers Lecture, Georgia Section of ASCE and Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

2005: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention (Runner up for R.M. Quigley Best Paper Award) for the paper “Laboratory studies of clogging of landfill leachate collection and drainage systems” co-authored by I. Fleming and R.K. Rowe.

2005: Distinguished Geotechnical Lecturer for 2005 Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

2005: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Distinguished Lecturer for 2005, Hong Kong.

2005: Outstanding Contribution Medal, awarded by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics for “outstanding and seminal research contributions in geomechanics that have been adopted for basic research and practical applications”.

2005: 45th Rankine Lecture in London (UK) March, 2005.

2004: Killam Prize for Engineering, Canada Council (Canada’s highest award for engineering).

2004: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Honourable Mention for Thomas C. Keefer Medal for the paper “Evaluation of an HDPE geomembrane after 14 years as a leachate lagoon liner” co-authored by R.K. Rowe, H.P. Sangam and C.B. Lake.

2004: International Geosynthetics Society Award and Gold Medal for an Outstanding Contribution to the understanding of the “Combined use of geosynthetic reinforcement and prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs)”.

2003: Legget Medal, Canadian Geotechnical Society

2003: K.Y. Lo Medal, Engineering Institute of Canada

2002: 22nd Dineen Memorial Lecturer, University of New Brunswick

2002: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Honourable Mention for Casmir Gzowski Medal for the paper "The performance of a laboratory facility for evaluating the structural response of small-diameter buried pipes" by R.W.I. Brachman, I.D. Moore and R.K. Rowe.

2001: Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

2001: Elected Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

2001: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Thomas C. Keefer Medal for the paper "Design and construction of the barrier system for the Halton Landfill" by R. Kerry Rowe, Chris J. Caers, Glenn Reynolds, & Cliff Chan.

2000: Canadian Geotechnical Society Geoenvironmental Division Award for an outstanding contribution to multidisciplinary research in geoenvironmental engineering.

2000: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention (Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal prize) 1999 for a paper on clogging of leachate collection systems (with I.R. Flemming and D.R. Cullimore).

2000: Canadian Geotechnical Society Geosynthetics Division Award for the paper: “Geosynthetics and the minimization of contaminant migration through barrier systems beneath solid waste”.

2000: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Honourable mention for Keefer Medal for the paper "Field observations of clogging in a landfill leachate collection system," by " I. R. Fleming, R. Kerry Rowe and D.R. Cullimore.

1999: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Honourable mention for Keefer Medal for the paper "Modelling impacts due to multiple landfill cells and clogging of leachate collection systems" by R. Kerry Rowe and John R. Booker.

1999: A.G. Stermac Award for Service to the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

1999: Ontario Ministry of Environment Award of Excellence for Research and Development as Principal Lead on a Multidisciplinary Research Project "Clogging of Leachate Collection Systems".

1998: Elected Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

1998: Selected by the IGS Awards Committee to be the Giroud Lecturer (given every four years) at the 7th International Conference on Geosynthetics, in Nice, September 2002.

1998: Engineering Science Prize for Achievement in Research.

1998: Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers.

1997: Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal - Research and Development.

1997: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Excellence in Teaching Award.

1997: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1996 (B.L.J. Mylleville).

1997: Elected Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia.

1996: Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Western Ontario.

1996: International Geosynthetics Society Award and Gold Medal for an Outstanding Contribution to the Understanding of "Diffusive Behaviour Through Composite Liner Systems".

1996: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1995 (C.J. Gnanendran, A. Landva and A. Valsangkar).

1994: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1993 (C. J. Caers and C. Chan).

1993: Finalist in North American Geosynthetic Society Award of Excellence (with S.K. Ho).

1993: Elected Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada.

1993: Service Plaque of Canadian Geotechnical Society in recognition of contributions to the 3rd edition of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual.

1992: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1991 (with K.M. Lee ).

1992: Shamsher Prakash Research Award.

1991: North American Geosynthetics Society Awards of Excellence, Grand Award (with B.L.J. Mylleville).

1990: International Geotextile Society "Special Recognition" for an outstanding contribution to the "fundamental understanding of the behaviour of geosynthetic reinforced embankments" (with K.L. Soderman and B.L.J. Mylleville).

1990: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1989 (with F.S. Barone, E.Y. Yanful and R.M. Quigley).

1989: Awarded Steacie Fellowship (1989-91) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. [This is its most prestigious research award.]

1987: Canadian Geotechnical Society Prize for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1986 (with M.C. Ng and K.Y. Lo).

1987: Selected by the Associate Committee on Geotechnical Research of The National Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Geotechnical Society to present the "Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium" for 1987.

1986: American Society for Testing and Materials Certificate "For an Outstanding Technical and Scientific Contribution to the Control of Hazardous Waste".

1986: Distinguished Geotechnical Lecturer for 1986 Virginia State University and Polytechnique Institute (VPI).

1985: American Society of Civil Engineers Collingwood Prize.

1985: Canadian Geotechnical Society: Honourable Mention - Runner up for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1984 (with M.D. MacLean, A.K. Barsvary and K.L. Soderman).

1984: Canadian Geotechnical Society Prize for best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1983 (with K.Y. Lo and G.J. Kack).

1975: The John Main Prize.

1975: The Bradfield Memorial Prize.

1975: The A.S. McDonald Prize of the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers of N.S.W.

1975: Awarded the University Medal (University of Sydney).

1975: B.E. Degree awarded with 1st Class Honours.

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