Dr. John Niedzwecki, professor and holder of the R.P. Gregory ’32 Chair in Civil Engineering, has been named head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, announced the appointment June 14.
Niedzwecki had been serving as the interim department head since August of last year. He also served as executive associate dean for the Dwight Look College of Engineering and associate agency director for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).
Niedzwecki joined Texas A&M more than 30 years ago as an assistant professor and was promoted through the academic ranks. In 1998 he was named head of the civil engineering department, a position he held until 2003. During his tenure, Niedzwecki was instrumental in leading the department to rank among the nation’s Top 10 programs.
He specializes in offshore civil engineering and was instrumental in securing the National Science Foundation (NSF) Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC) for TEES and The Texas A&M University System. He later led the center’s transition to becoming fully funded by the energy industry.
Niedzwecki is a registered professional engineer in Texas, is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Boston University, and earned his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.