A former Rector of the Tallinn University of Technology, professor Peep Sürje has deceased
On 12.05.2013 passed away professor Peep Sürje, who from 2005 to 2010 was a rector of the Tallinn University of Technology, during the period from 2000 to 2005 was the Vice-rector of research and development and from 1992 to 2000 was a director of the Road Institute and the Head of the Chair of Road Equipment. Peep Sürje was an authorised Estonian engineer as well as a euroengineer.
Peep Sürje was born on 19 April 1945 in Rakvere. In 1963 he graduated from Tallinn Secondary Science School and in 1973 graduated cum laude from Tallinn Polytechnic Institute as a civil engineer in road discipline. During the period from 1981 to 1984 he did his postgraduate studies in Moscow in All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Transport, where he defended the candidate of technical sciences degree on the subject: "Choosing an optimal thickness for compacted soil layer, basing on the soil tension for thickening with pneumatic rollers".
Professor Sürje’s fields of research were applications of road- and geoengineering in road design and construction. Professor Sürje was a recognised scientist in his field and a very erudite researcher. He has been involved in several important Estonian and international research organisations. He has published over 70 research works.
In 2011 the president of the Republic of Estonia honoured professor Sürje with the Order of the White Star of the Third Class.
Tallinn University of Technology commemorates its long-time leader and colleague professor Peep Sürje and expresses deepest condolences to his relatives.