Hawaii civil engineering professor active in advancing CE education dies

Horst G. Brandes, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Hawaii, former president of the ASCE Hawaii Section, and an active supporter of ASCE’s efforts to advance civil engineering, has died.


His understanding of earth dam behavior and his expert witness work were critical to a damage survey conducted just days after the Kiholo Bay earthquake on Hawai’i Island in 2006. And following the Ka Loko Dam failure on Kaua’I, also in 2006, many saw Brandes as their go-to “soils engineer.”

Brandes, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, was a geotechnical engineer who actually specialized in ocean

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