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Ed Segner, Ph.D., joined UAB in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering until his retirement in 1996. In the years following, he was named professor emeritus, and he continued to be a familiar figure around the school, maintaining an office in the CCEE Department and regularly attending meetings and events.

fouad segnerDr. Ed Segner, left, is pictured in this undated file photo with Dr. Fouad Fouad. Segner served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1992 until 1996. Fouad remembers Segner as a "very close and good friend to us all."Before joining UAB, Segner was an educator and administrator at the University of Memphis, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his academic career, he was a professional engineer in the private sector, licensed in Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Among the many honors and awards earned during his career, are:

  • Engineering Council of Birmingham’s Engineer of the Year 1997
  • Alabama Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineering Educator of the Year in 1995
  • He was one of nine people in the nation selected as a Fellow by the American Society for Engineering Education in 1994. A year before that, he won the Society’s Centennial Medallion, which recognizes 100 living individuals who have made a significant impact on engineering education and extraordinary contributions to the field.
  • In 2004, he was inducted into the Civil and Architectural Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Austin.

Former CCEE chair Fouad Fouad, Ph.D., remembered Segner as a “very close and good friend to all of us.” His legacy will continue to live on within the school through an endowed scholarship he established in 2016.