Waldemar Coelho Hachich (1950-2022)

TC306 will miss dearly Waldemar Coelho Hachich, Professor of  Geotechnical and Structural Engineering (PEF) at  Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, Brazil, past TC306  chair (2013-2017) and always active member. For TC306, the legacy of Waldemar Hachich includes establishing the John Burland Honor Lecture and creating an alternative model for TC306's international conferences, organized in conjunction with large national conferences. TC306's int. conf. "Shaping the Future of Geotechnical Education" (SFGE 2016) was chaired and organized by Waldemar Hachich, together with other geotechnical events organized by the Brazilian Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, opening thus the SFGE 2016 sessions to a wide and diverse audience from South America.

TC306 was not the only beneficiary of Waldemar's talents. He was president of the Brazilian Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2001-2004), and editor of the Soils and Rocks Journal (2013-2016). Waldemar's main contributions were in Modeling and Reliability of Foundations and Earth Support Structures, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering Education. Some of the honors received include being an honorary member of the Brazilian Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and recipient of the Milton Vargas Award in Brazil. 

Waldemar obtained his BSc (1972) and MSc (1978) in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and his PhD (1981) in Geotechnical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Like in TC306, everywhere he went he made friends, who now cherish their fond memories of him.

Farewell, dear friend Waldemar.