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William Schronberg

Dr. William P. Schonberg is a Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Schonberg is a registered professional engineer in the States of Missouri and Alabama, and has over 30 years teaching and research experience. He received his BSCE from Princeton University in 1981, and his MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

A significant part of Dr. Schonberg's research is dedicated to improving the safety of spacecraft and of personnel involved in space flight and operations. As an academic leader, Dr. Schonberg has been department chair at two different universities and served one year as Interim Dean.

In 2007 Dr. Schonberg was honored to receive the Manuel T. Pacheco Award from the University President’s Academic Leadership Institute (PALI) in recognition of his outstanding leadership accomplishments. In 2014 he was a Visiting Professor at the University College of the Cayman Islands where he taught Engineering Law and Ethics as part of that university’s new engineering program.

Dr. Schonberg is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2015 he was presented with a Distinguished Scientist award by the Hypervelocity Impact Society in recognition of his many scholarly accomplishments as well as his dedication to the Society, its programs, and its student members.

Presentation Description:

I am a civil engineer, so bridges are very special to me. We all see bridges everywhere - some are old, some brand new; some appear strong and sturdy, some are scary to drive on. However, they all serve the same basic function – to connect people and what’s going on over on one side the bridge to people and what’s going on over on the other side. As members of society, we all can serve that same noble purpose – we can be the bridges that can help other people get to where they need to go.

  • Children who are working through (and sometimes struggling with) adolescence – we need to be the bridge.
  • Students who are excited about their future, but their present might seem a bit overwhelming – we need to be the bridge.
  • Young adults who are either starting out on their own, or starting a family, or struggling to find a way – we need to be the bridge.
  • Friends and strangers who sometimes need a little help to make it over the gap that stands between them and their goals in life – we need to be the bridge.

In other words, the bottom line is – BE THE BRIDGE!

My presentation is one of hope, and is a call to all peoples of the world to work towards a noble ideal. It is intended to motivate audience members to not only support each other, but also to actively look out for one another, to be ready, willing, and able to take a break from their routine and help those in need.


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