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Richard N. Wright is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is vice chair of the ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, member of the ASCE Committee on Sustainability, chair of its Sustainable Infrastructure Education Subcommittee, and represents ASCE in the Engineering Founder Societies’ Technologies for Carbon Management Project and the National Climate Assessment Network. He is co-chair of the Sustainability Topical Committee of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
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 chairman of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academies; founding co- chairman of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building of the National Science and Technology Council; 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. 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.