Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Reston, Va.—Ahsan Kareem, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, 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. Kareem will be formally inducted, in honor of his contributions to civil 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 Kareem for his eminence in the field of wind engineering and engineering mechanics; for profound contributions to the ASCE standard of wind loads; and for the development of web-based analysis and tools for design practice.
Kareem has made contributions to civil engineering research in areas such as dynamic wind load effects on tall buildings, long span bridges and offshore platforms in extreme winds monitoring, system identification and control, simulation and computational methods, uncertainty, and safety and risk assessment. He has developed, improved and implemented current and past versions of ASCE standard of wind loads, and developed web-based e-analysis and e-design tools to promote their use in design practice through a virtual organization: VORTEX-Winds.
In addition to his position at Notre Dame, Kareem also serves as an advisory professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and as a guest professor at Tokyo Polytechnic University in Japan.
Kareem’s research has led to more than 160 journal publications. He is the past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Wind and Structures, as well as the past associate editor of the Journal of Structural Engineering and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
Among his many accolades, Kareem received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Munro Prize, the Jack E. Cermak Medal, the Robert H. Scanlan Medal, the Alan G. Davenport Medal and the Civil Engineering State-of-the-Art Award. In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2010 Kareem was elected as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Kareem has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, a master’s degree in civil engineering from a joint program with the University of Hawaii and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in civil engineering from Colorado State University. He currently resides in Granger, Ind.
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.