Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Reston, Va.—Bruce R. Ellingwood, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, College of Engineering Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE’s highest accolade, distinguished membership recognizes eminence in a branch of engineering, and is currently comprised of only 192 of the Society’s 144,000 members worldwide. Ellingwood will be formally inducted, in honor of his contributions to structural engineering, at the Celebration of Leaders luncheon during ASCE’s 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., which will be held from October 21 to 23, 2010.
ASCE is recognizing Ellingwood’s acknowledged eminence as a structural engineering researcher and educator, most notably for his innovations in transforming research to improve and enhance professional practice through the successful introduction of structural reliability principles in codes and standards.
Ellingwood’s professional career spans more than 35 years. Following completion of his graduate studies, he worked at the Naval Ship Research and Development Center, and subsequently held research and leadership positions with the National Bureau of Standards. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in 1986, where he served as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1990 to 1997 and held the Williard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Civil Engineering from 1996 until 2000. In 2000, Ellingwood was appointed chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a position he held until 2002. He was also the College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and he currently holds the Raymond Allen Jones Chair in Civil Engineering.
A long-time, active member of ASCE and participant in many technical and standard committees, Ellingwood served as vice chair of the ASCE Standard Committee 7 on Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures from 1984 until 2006. He is also past-chair of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute Technical Activities Division and past-president of the ASCE Maryland Section.
In 2001, Ellingwood was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has also received the Walter L. Huber Engineering Research Prize, the Norman Medal (twice), the Moisseiff Award, the State of the Art of Civil Engineering award (twice), the Walter P. Moore, Jr., Award and the Nathan M. Newmark Medal, and is also a member of the Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau honoraries. Ellingwood is the editor of Structural Safety, and serves on six other editorial boards. He has also authored or co-authored more than 350 papers and reports.
Ellingwood holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, and currently resides in Atlanta.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.