Dr. Richard N. Wright, Dist.M. ASCE and NAE Member
Research Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Wright is a Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, past chair of ASCE’s Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, member of the ExCom of the Infrastructure Resilience Division, and member of the ASCE Committee on Sustainability and chair of its Sustainable Infrastructure Education Subcommittee. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE and member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is retired as director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); and president of the Liaison Committee of International Civil Engineering Organizations. Currently, he is the chair of the ASCE Committee on the Adaptation to a Changing Climate. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Civil Engineering. He has registered as a professional engineer in New York and a structural engineer in Illinois.