During Max’s career, he served as president for seven organizations and has chaired several national professional committees. He was president of the Structural Engineering Institute during the infamous 9/11 events of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. His professional career includes author or co-author of over 1600 publications, reports, reviews, technical presentations, books, and refereed journal articles. He conducted over 100 research projects on reinforced concrete, masonry, fiber composites, and composite structures.
He has been recognized for his work by receiving 68 awards, including the following: “Distinguished Member” award and Fellow from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Fellow of The Masonry Society (TMS), Diplomate of the American Society of Forensic Engineers, Scalzi Research award from TMS, multiple teaching awards from ISU, and other professional awards from ASCE, TMS, IA Engineering Society, and National Society of Professional Engineers.
Education includes BS, MS, and PhD in Civil and Structural Engineering from ISU; parliamentarian; and Certified Forensic Consultant. Max Porter was awarded the special title of “University Professor” in 2009 and the title of “University Professor Emeritus” upon retirement from teaching in January 2011, after 44 years of full-time teaching and research at Iowa State University. He currently is performing Structural Engineering services under the firm of Porter Engineering, LLC, and is active in many national professional engineering activities. He was also employed at American Bridge Division of US Steel (in Chicago), County of Los Angeles, and Iowa Department of Transportation.