The Glenn Willis Holcomb
Structural Engineering Professorship

"Prof" Glenn HolcombThe Glenn Willis Holcomb Structural Engineering Professorship was established in 2011 through an estate gift from Col. Roy C. Edgerton (1914-2011), a 1948 graduate of the College of Engineering. It honors one of Edgerton's civil engineering teachers, Glenn Holcomb.

To many at OSU, Glenn Holcomb was simply known as "The Prof." After earning his master's degree from Oregon State in 1931, he taught at OSU for over 30 years, retiring as head of the civil engineering department in 1965. The Prof mentored countless students and was very active within the profession, serving on the State Board of Engineering Examiners and as president of the national-level American Society of Civil Engineers.

Holcomb led engineering projects for the cities of Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, as well as the State Highway Department. In 1942 he was principal engineer in the construction of Camp Adair, located nine miles north of Corvallis. On campus, Holcomb took the lead in the design of Oregon State College Pavilion, later renamed Gil Coliseum. He loved Oregon State's athletic program, and served with the Intercollegiate Athletic Board and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Holcomb was also a Corvallis city councilman. He died in 1988 at the age of 92.

Col. Roy EdgertonA Louisiana native, Roy Edgerton graduated from high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and worked for two years to save money for his education prior to enrolling at Oregon State in 1934. He interrupted his schooling to work for the Oregon State Highway Department and then for stints in the U.S. Army, serving in the European theatre of World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. After rising to the rank of Major and receiving the Purple Heart, Edgerton was demobilized from active duty in 1945, but continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring in 1974 with the rank of Colonel.

Edgerton returned to OSU to complete his Civil Engineering degree then worked for the Oregon State Highway Department prior to serving as the Assistant Director for Technical Activities for the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council. Among other honors he received the prestigious W. N. Carey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award and was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He and his wife, Shirley, were married for 64 years.

 

Solomon Yim

Solomon YimIn 2013 Solomon Yim was named the inaugural Glenn Willis Holcomb Professor in Structural Engineering. A member of the OSU faculty since 1987, Yim focuses on the interactions between fluid, soil, and structures in the marine environment, including in such conditions as hurricanes, storm surges, and tsunami. The results of his computational and experimental research have been applied to offshore and coastal structures.

From 2000 to 2004 Yim led an $8-million multidirectional wave basin expansion project at Oregon State's O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory; today OSU's Tsunami Wave Basin is the world's largest facility for studying the effects of large waves. Yim leads the university's Tsunami Research Facility, which is part of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, a National Science Foundation-funded organization. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Yim completed his bachelor's degree at Rice University then earned two master's degrees and a doctorate in civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a research engineer for Exxon before coming to Oregon State.


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