The papers in this volume were written by his students and colleagues to honor Sidney Leibovich, Samuel B. Eckert Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, in commemoration of his 60th birthday, 2 April 1999. They were presented at a symposium held at Cornell, 23 and 24 August 1999. Sid obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from The California Institute of Technology in 1961, graduating first in his class. He came to Cornell to work with Geoffrey Ludford on Magnetohydrodynamics, and obtained his Ph.D. in 1965 in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He spent a year at University College, London as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, and returned to Cornell as an Assistant Professor. He has been here ever since, and is currently Director of the Sibley School. Since returning to Cornell, Sid has concentrated on rotating fluids and n- linear waves, in various combinations and applications, producing some 3.2 - pers a year with an applied-mathematical bent. In particular this interest led to both Langmuir circulation and vortex breakdown, two areas in which Sid has had enormous influence, and both, of course, examples of rotating fluids interacting with waves. It was impossible to work in this area without being distracted by the study of the nonlinear dispersive and dissipative waves themselves, and Sid has made substantial contributions in this area.
Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation introduces an approach to environmental regulatory planning founded on a creative, interactive relationship between business and government. The authors argue that regulation -- often too narrowly defined as direct, command-and-control standard setting and enforcement -- should include the full range of activities intended to influence private behavior to conform to public goals. The concept of strategic regulatory planning that the book introduces provides a model for designing more effective environmental regulation. Strategic planning requires careful consideration of the regulatory objectives, the target audiences for regulation, and the characteristics of the regulatory agency.The two important case studies in the book -- one on the use of the gasoline additive MTBE and the other on the cleanup of underground storage tanks (USTs) -- apply the model, compare the approaches and results, and illustrate the advantages of a strategic approach.The case of MTBE -- in which an additive intended to produce cleaner-burning gasoline was found to contribute to both air and groundwater pollution -- shows the drawbacks of top-down regulation by fragmented regulatory agencies. The success of the UST cleanup, in contrast, highlights a unique, strategic, and results-oriented approach to policy implementation. These two cases demonstrate why regulation works better in some cases than others, and the alternative approaches to regulation described in the book promise to promote the achievement of environmental quality goals.
This symposium is aimed to promote collaboration and meetings between scholars, professional engineers and the industrial demands of the Asian region, where projects for rock mechanics are very flourishing. Lots of new techniques, theories and case histories on tunnels, underground chambers, mine stopes, nuclear waste disposal repositories and other underground spaces are introduced. The 160 technical papers are focused on the environmental and safety aspects in the design and construction of underground rock structures. Topics: Heat, gas and water flow, and contaminant transport problems in waste disposal; Heat, gas and water flow, and contaminant transport problems in caverns and tunnels; Blasting and machine excavation; Subsidence and ground control; Questions and measures for safety in the design and construction of tunnels; Questions and measures for safety in the design and construction of caverns and openings; Modelling techniques for safety evaluation: Rock characterization; Evaluation of rock mass properties; Simulation of the coupled behavior; Monitoring & interpretation Back analysis and others; Slope stability and landslides.
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