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Dr. Liu earned both doctorate and masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the Colorado State University and a bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering (Hydraulics) from the National Taiwan University. He had more than 37 years experience in teaching, research and development experience in civil engineering, specifically serving the pipeline and underground infrastructure industry.
Dr. Liu was emeritus professor of civil engineering and founder and past director of the Capsule Pipeline Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He authored three books and more than 50 journal research papers and more than 150 conference papers. He was a recipient of major research grants (totaling more than six million dollars) from federal, state and private agencies, such as the U.S. National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. He was a patent holder for more than 13 inventions.
Dr. Liu was a recipient of many awards, especially the prestigious Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award in 1992. He organized and chaired many national and international conferences, short courses and was a frequent invited and keynote speaker for professional events. He was founder and chair of International Society for Underground Freight Transportation (ISUFT).
He developed the Pneumatic Capsule Pipeline (PCP) technology.
Dr. Liu was a Life Member and Fellow of ASCE with his most notable work achieved as a member of the Pipeline Division. He was a frequent contributor to the annual Pipeline Division’s conferences and workshops serving as committee member, session chair, reviewer and speaker. He was vice chair of the Pipeline Research Committee and associate editor of the new ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice (JPS).
He recently received the national Purpose Prize given to social entrepreneurs who use their encore careers to advance society. His fly ash brick was noted as one of the best inventions of 2007 by both Time Magazine and Popular Science.
Donations can be made to the Citizens for Underground Freight Transportation care of Susie Liu at 2601 Maguire Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201.
Lorne Jerome Stoppler, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada passed away on Dec.20. 2009 in Scottsdale, AZ. Stoppler began his pipeline career in Canada as a welder. He formed Mid West Construction in Edmonton in the 1980s and sold it in the early 1990s. Subsequently, he revived U.S. Pipeline Contractors and later became an investor in R. B. Somerville and Rockford Corporation.