Dr. R. Kerry Rowe was educated and worked as a geotechnical engineer in Australia before emigrated to Canada in late 1978 to take up an academic position. He has published prolifically on, and has extensive research and consulting experience in, geotechnical, geosynthetics, waste management and geoenvironmental engineering including the design and/or peer review of hydrogeology and design of landfills. Recognized by numerous awards, the distinguished lectures he has presented include the Giroud, Rankine, Casagrande, and the ASCE Karl Terzaghi Lectures (2017). In 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering created the R. Kerry Rowe Lecture. He is a foreign Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (of London, UK), Royal Academy of Engineering , the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC).