As a structural engineer, Dr. Robert Heller maintained interests in elastic behavior of structures, fatigue, reliability and safety of structures and probabilistic mechanics.
BURLINGTON, NC, September 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Robert Andrew Heller, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Heller celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
A Frank J. Maher professor emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dr. Heller retired in 1996 after teaching on campus for nearly 30 years. Hired in 1967 as a professor of engineering science and mechanics, he also formerly taught at Columbia University as an assistant professor of civil engineering from 1958 to 1962, as an associate professor from 1962 and 1966, and deputy director of the Institute of Fatigue and Reliability from 1965 to 1967.
As a structural engineer, Dr. Heller maintained interests in elastic behavior of structures, fatigue, reliability and safety of structures and probabilistic mechanics. He is the co-author of "Structure in Architecture" in 1963, which has since been translated into 10 languages and is now in its fourth edition since 1986. He also co-authored "Salvadori's Structure in Architecture, The Building of Buildings" in 2016, has contributed over 100 articles to scholarly journals, co-authored 30 television tapes on mechanics and materials, and worked with the National Science Foundation to develop educational films and movies, which are all now located in the Congressional Library.
Dr. Heller has served as a longtime consultant for the U.S. Army Missile Command in Huntsville, AL, the U.S. Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio and Edwards Air Force base in California since 1974 and McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City since 1980. He formerly did consultant work for the Government of Sweden in Stockholm and Brown, Boveri & Cie in Mannheim, Germany, and was an expert witness for the Naval Ordinance Station on ejection seat problems. Furthermore, he served as a visiting professor at Technische Universität Wien in Austria and Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Locally, he spent five years as a trustee for the Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, VA, between 1990 and 1995. A longstanding member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Society for Engineering Mechanics and the American Academy of Mechanics, Dr. Heller is also an associate fellow and former section chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
A Fulbright scholar at Technische Universität Wien from 1989 to 1990, Dr. Heller also received an Outstanding Engineering Educator of Virginia Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1966, an Outstanding Educator Award from the engineering science and mechanics department at Virginia Tech in 1982, and a Western Electric Fund Award for Excellence in Instruction of Engineering Students from ASEE in 1982. Dr. Heller has been highlighted in the 23rd edition of Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
Following in the footsteps of his father, a former engineer, Dr. Heller went on to receive a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in mechanics at Columbia University. He is a registered professional engineer in both Virginia and New York. Notably, he received an honorary doctorate from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1993.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Robert Andrew Heller, Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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