GEC's Noble Named Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers
BATON ROUGE, LA Ronald M. Noble, P.E., L.S., D.CE, D.P.E, D.WRE, Dist. M. ASCE, is named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As the Society's highest accolade, to date, only 659 of ASCE's worldwide members have been elected to receive this honor since ASCE's founding in 1852.
Noble was recognized for his leadership in coastal and port engineering practice and for service resulting in the creation of U.S. nuclear energy standards in coastal areas. He has also made significant contributions toward investigations of earthquake and tsunami effects in coastal regions.
Noble is currently the President and Senior Principal Engineer of Noble Consultants-G.E.C., Inc., a well-known coastal, estuarine and riverine engineering firm that he co-founded in 1985. His most notable achievements include his review of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Team reports after Hurricane Katrina and his participation on the ASCE/COPRI Coastal Structures Team that performed a reconnaissance trip to investigate the great east tsunami in Japan.
Throughout his career, he has worked in coastal/ocean engineering, navigational/dredging projects, waterfront structures, hydraulic analysis, and hydrodynamic modeling. He is credited with projects in coastal states in more than 35 countries. In the early 1970s, Noble developed one of the first comprehensive numerical computer models to calculate hurricane storm surge. Noble's support for the U.S. nuclear energy program led to his appointment as Chair of the ANS 2.8 Working Group that developed an American national standard that was approved and put into practice by the American Nuclear Society.
Noble earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from San Jose University and a master's degree in civil & coastal engineering from the University of California Berkeley.