In Situ SI were delighted to once again attend the prestigious Rankine Lecture at the Imperial College, London. The event commemorates WJM Rankine FRSE FRS – a Scottish civil engineer, physicist and mathematician. This year, the speaker was Dr Suzanne Lacasse, who received the honour of being the first female to be awarded this recognition. The accolade of being invited to speak, is often referred to as the Nobel prize of geotechnics.
The Lectures have been an annual event since 1961, and have provided a platform for leading academics and contributors to the theory of soil mechanics to share their knowledge and expertise with the industry. Suzanne Lacasse has broken through this previously all-male domain, and is very deserving of the honour, following her considerable experience and dedication to this area.
You can read more about the background of Suzanne Lacasse and her views on being a woman in the geotechnical industry here.
After her informative and entertaining lecture, some of the In Situ SI team, enjoyed a sumptuous post-lecture dinner with a few of our clients and our lucky competition winner Chris Brown.
We are now looking forward to the 56th Rankine Lecture, to be held in 2016, and with Professor Richard Jardine having the honour of taking to the lectern as speaker.