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2014 SEI Award Winners

2014 SEI Award WinnersThe Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) proudly recognized the following recipients at the Structures Congress 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts on April 3, 2014:
Photo of award winners - Left to right: Mike Miller, Todd Helwig, Maria Pia Repetto, Sherif El-Tawil, Sam Rihani, Herbert Mang, Don Dusenberry, Stan Caldwell, Taka Kimura, Ron Hamburger, Lou Geschwindner, Chia-Ming Uang, Satish Nagarajaiah, Jennifer Goupil

Structural Engineering Institute Awards:

2014 Chapter of the Year Award
The SEI Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an SEI Chapter for its exemplary activities and efforts to advance the structural engineering profession. The 2014 SEI Chapter of the Year Award was given to the SEI Phildelphia Chapter. The Philadelphia SEI Chapter has been very active in a variety of activities including technical presentations, conferences, tours, student outreach events, and networking opportunities.

Gene Wilhoite Innovations In Transmission Line Engineering Award
The Gene Wilhoite Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the art and science of transmission line engineering. The 2014 Gene Wilhoite Award was given to Michael Miller, P.E., P.Eng., M.ASCE. Mr. Miller has more than 25 years of experience as an engineer in the design, analysis, and testing of high-voltage transmission structures including latticed steel towers, tubular steel poles, telecommunication structures, and substation structures. Mr. Miller is the current chair of the ASCE/SEI Electrical Transmission Structures Committee, which has recently initiated work on manuals of practice for “Electric Transmission Line Structural Loading,” “Substation Structural Design,” “Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Products For Overhead Utility Line Structures,” and “Aesthetic Design of Transmission Line Structures.”
Dennis L. Tewksbury Award
The Tewksbury award recognizes an individual member of the Structural Engineering Institute who has advanced the interests of SEI. The 2014 award was presented to Sam Rihani, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE. During his 36-year professional career, Mr. Rihani has specialized in the structural analysis and design of steel framing systems and buildings, and acted as the lead structural engineer on more than 700 projects around the world including numerous industrial, commercial, educational, and institutional buildings. Mr. Rihani has been an active member of ASCE since 1975, serving as Vice-President and then President of the ASCE-Saudi Arabia Section. He has also served on the SEI Professional Activities Committee, and chaired this committee from 2006 to 2010. He served on the Executive Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Business and Professional Activities Division, and served as a member of the ASCE Technical Region Board of Governors. Most recently he has served as President of SEI from 2011 through 2013 and is currently past President of the Institute.

Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award
This award is presented for significant contributions to the development of codes and standards. The 2014 Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award was given to Ronald Hamburger, S.E., SECB, F.SEI.Mr. Hamburger has nearly 40 years of experience in design, failure investigation, research and building code and standards development. He has personally investigated the effects of more than 15 major earthquakes as well as tsunamis, hurricanes and terrorist attacks. He was a member of the ASCE/FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. In the past he served on the SEAOC Existing Buildings and Seismology Committees, served as Vice Chair of the AWS Seismic Committee, served as chair of the Building Seismic Safety Council’s Provisions Update Committee and the NCSEA Code Advisory Committee. He served as technical director for the FEMA/SAC Steel Moment Frame project and the recently completed ATC-58 project to develop next-generation performance-based seismic design criteria. Mr. Hamburger is the current chair for the 2016 edition of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

SEI President’s Award
The SEI President’s Award recognizes exemplary contributions to the success of SEI. The 2014 President’s Award was given to Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., SECB, F.AEI, F.SEI, F.ASCE. Mr. Caldwell has been active in the profession for more than 40 years. His professional experience includes the structural design and management of more than 800 projects. Throughout his career, he has been very active in professional organizations beyond the workplace and has spent decades of his career contributing to ASCE through a broad spectrum of activities within the Society and across several Institutes. He has been a member of ASCE since 1972, was the first person elected to the ASCE Board of Direction from the Technical Region, and is a founder of AEI. The President’s Award is for service to SEI, of which he has been a member since 1996 when it began. Mr. Caldwell is recognized for extensive service and effective innovation on behalf of SEI through his effective leadership on the SEI Board of Governors, especially his creative contributions to the Institute’s long range strategic planning; for SEI’s participation in the betterment of the Structural Engineering Certification Board; for his participation and collaboration in the formation of the Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition; and for resurrection of the SEI Endowment Fund and its conversion to the SEI Futures Fund. Mr. Caldwell currently serves on the SEI Board of Governors, the SECB Board of Directors, the SELC Steering Committee, and is the chair of the SEI Futures Fund Board of Directors.

American Society of Civil Engineering Structural Awards:

Shortridge Hardesty Award 
The Shortridge Hardesty Award may be given annually to individuals who have contributed substantially in applying fundamental results of research to the solution of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability. The 2014 award was given to Todd Helwig, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE. Dr. Helwig is currently in his 20th year of teaching and conducting research in the design and behavior of steel structures with an emphasis in structural stability and bracing. He has co-developed and taught a number of short courses on behalf of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and has conducted a wide range of research studies. His research has led to design methodologies for steel box girder bracing systems and new details for stability bracing systems for I-shaped sections. He has served on a number of technical committees for ASCE, AISC, and SSRC, and is currently the Vice-Chair of SSRC.

Ernest E. Howard Award
The Ernest E. Howard Award recognizes a member of the Society who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of structural engineering through research, planning, design or construction. The 2014 award was given to Louis Geschwindner, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE. Dr. Geschwindner was a faculty member at Penn State for more than 40 years, teaching a full range of structural analysis and design courses. He has published books on structural analysis and structural steel design and is active in writing and presenting continuing education programs for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). As vice president of AISC, he helped develop the standard specification for steel buildings, ANSI/AISC 360, and the companion Manual of Steel Construction, as well as all technical activities of the Institute including expansion of its research and continuing education programs.

Moisseiff Award
The Moisseiff Award recognizes a paper contributing to structural design, including applied mechanics, as well as the theoretical analysis or construction improvement of engineering structures, such as bridges and frames, of any structural material. The 2014 award was presented to Hyoung-Bo Sim, Ph.D., and Chia-Ming Uang, for the paper titled “Stress Analyses and Parametric Study on Full-Scale Fatigue Tests of Rib-to-Deck Welded Joints in Steel Orthotropic Decks,” published in the September-October 2012 issue of the Journal of Bridge Engineering.

Nathan M. Newmark Medal
This award was established by the Engineering Mechanics Institute and Structural Engineering Institute to honor Nathan M. Newmark for his outstanding contributions in structural engineering and mechanics. The 2014 medal is awarded to Herbert A. Mang, Ph.D., F.ASCE. A 40 year ASCE member, Dr. Mang is receiving the Newmark Medal for his outstanding research contributions in the area of nonlinear continuum and computational mechanics that clarified the cause of collapse of important concrete structures and quantified the influence of bending on the initial post-buckling behavior of metallic structures. The committee noted his initiating ground-breaking new research in computational structural stability. Dr. Mang was the president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and is a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.  

Raymond C. Reese Research Prize
The Raymond C. Reese Research Prize may be awarded to the author(s) of a paper published by ASCE that describes a notable achievement in research related to structural engineering and recommends how the results of that research (experimental and/or analytical) can be applied to design. The 2014 prize was presented to Maria Pia Repetto, Ph.D., and Giovanni Solari, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, M.ASCE, for their paper titled “Closed-Form Prediction of the Alongwind-Induced Fatigue of Structures,” published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of Structural Engineering.

George Winter Award
Established in 1990 the George Winter Award honors Dr. George Winter, world-renowned teacher and researcher at Cornell University. Candidates for the award must be a civil engineering professional, and demonstrate a commitment to the social or artistic needs of the community through work directly related to engineering or science. Armen Der Kiureghian, Ph.D, M.ASCE, is presented with the 2014 award in recognition of his contributions to structural engineering, painting, and humanitarian work. Dr. Der Kiureghian’s research deals with development and application of probabilistic methods to solve civil engineering problems, with special emphasis on the effects of earthquakes on constructed facilities. In 1988, Dr. Der Kiureghian visited Armenia after the devastating Spitak earthquake and later was fundamental in the creation of The American University of Armenia (AUA), an affiliate of the University of California. An accomplished painter in his own right, Dr. Der Kiureghian is the son of a well-known Iranian-Armenian watercolor artist, and recently published, “The Life and Art of Sumbat,” which depicts his father’s paintings. Dr. Der Kiureghian finds painting an invigorating pastime away from the rigors of his research in probabilistic methods.  

Richard R. Torrens Award
The Richard R. Torrens Award is presented by the ASCE Board Committee on Publications to a single journal editor each year whose contributions are considered outstanding. This award was created to reflect the distinguished service of Richard R. Torrens, who served ASCE for 17 years building a reputation of excellence for the high quality of ASCE journals. The 2014 award is presented to Sherif El-Tawil, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, for his outstanding work on the Journal of Structural Engineering. Active in the JSE since 1998, he has transformed and grown the publication while maintaining its position as the leading structural engineering scholarly journal in the world. Dr. El-Tawil is particularly effective at motivating associate editors, maintaining quality while reducing review times, and increasing the journal’s visibility and stature. He made fundamental changes to the review processes that were so successful they are now being employed by other journals. Under his leadership the Journal has published several special issues on current and popular topics.