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Award Recipients 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


The Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction approved the list of winners of several prestigious 2017 Society awards administered by the Engineering Mechanics Institute:

Maurice A. Biot Medal:  Prof. Ning Lu, Ph.D. F.EMI, F. ASCE (Colorado School of Mines) " for his outstanding contributions to fundamental understanding of the mechanics of unsaturated porous materials ."

George W. Housner Medal:  Prof. James L. Beck, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE (Caltech) " for his exceptional and influential scholarship in structural monitoring and control research, and for his leadership in tackling uncertainty and model complexity through probabilistic approaches with emphasis on Bayesian methods ."

Robert H. Scanlan Medal:   Prof. Giovanni Solari, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, M.ASCE (University of Genova) " for his outstanding contributions to wind engineering and their applications in structural mechanics ."

Masanobu Shinozuka Medal:   Prof. Ahsan Kareem, Ph.D., F.EMI, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE (The University of Notre Dame) " for his contributions to the modeling of stochastic wind, waves, and earthquake loads, and their effects on buildings, bridges, and offshore structures ."

Theodore von Kármán Medal:  Prof. Huajian Gao, Ph.D., M.EMI (Brown University) " for his ground-breaking research on the mechanical behaviors of engineering and biological systems across multiple length scales, with particular emphasis on deformation and failure mechanisms in thin films and hierarchically structured materials ."

2017 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize:   Prof. James K. Guest, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (The Johns Hopkins University) " for research at the forefront of topology optimization, focusing on the rigorous integration of mechanics, optimization, manufacturing and uncertainty quantification ."

The Engineering Mechanics Institute is also pleased to announce the winner of its award:

EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award:Prof. Jia-Liang Le, Ph.D., M.ASCE (University of Minnesota) " for important contributions to probabilistic mechanics of quasi-brittle structures, scaling of their failure and consequent reliability-based structural design ."

The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize will be presented at the 2017 ASCE Annual Convention to be held on October 8-11, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The other awards will be presented on June 6, 2017 at the banquet and awards presentation ceremony of the EMI 2017 conference at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101.