Scott D. Campbell, widely regarded for his expertise in nonlinear analysis and blast design of buildings, senior vice president of structures and codes for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and 2020 president of ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute, has died. He was 60.
Campbell, Ph.D., P.E., began his career as a professor at the American University of Armenia, in Yerevan, just as the institution opened. There he met his wife, lifelong friend, and collaborator Naira. He then taught at Ohio State University and became chief structural engineer for Kinetics Noise Control, in Dublin, Ohio. At AUA and OSU, he was passionate about his students and was a favorite faculty member.
He guided AEI as its president through the start of the pandemic in 2020 and served on its board of governors. Campbell was an active member of various ASCE committees, and of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In a statement, the AEI board of governors extended its condolences to the Campbell family.
With numerous articles published in the areas of nonlinear analysis and blast design of buildings, Campbell earned a reputation as a leading expert in the field. A registered professional engineer in six states, Campbell joined the staff of Engineered Systems in early 2021, penning the publication's “Security & Resiliency” column.
Born in the Chicago suburbs, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Campbell and his wife enjoyed a lot of intellectual pursuits, and his children sought his advice often. There seemingly wasn’t a trivia question he couldn’t get right. He also loved traveling, fishing, hiking, and reading.