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Welcome Jerry Hajjar to SEI Board of Governors

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Jerry Hajjar is pleased to join the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (representing SEI Technical Activities effective October 1 for a four year term). Jerry is the CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. He has served as Chair of the Structures Faculty and as Deputy Director of the NSF Mid-America Earthquake Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Professor and Narbey Khachaturian Faculty Scholar from 2005-2010. His work includes analysis, experimental testing, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete building and bridge structures, regional modeling and assessment of infrastructure systems, and earthquake engineering. In recent years, he has developed new systems that focus on enhancing the sustainability of structures, such as Design for Deconstruction; he has developed new approaches for using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for automated damage detection of structures, and he has developed methods for assessing the impact of hurricanes and storm surge in urban coastal regions. He is currently working with the steel industry on a multi-institutional project to understand the behavior and enhance the resilience of composite steel deck floor diaphragms in steel building structures in high seismic zones. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he was a Professor at the University of Minnesota starting in 1992. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he was a structural engineer and associate at the architectural/engineering firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in their Chicago and New York offices. Jerry is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Minnesota.

Jerry has had a variety of roles in SEI and ASCE, including serving as chair of the SEI Technical Activities Division Executive Committee and chair of the SEI Technical Administrative Committee on Metals. From 2004-2005, he was the ASCE Minnesota Section President.  Jerry currently chairs the ASCE Department Heads Coordinating Council and is a member of the ASCE Committee on Education, an ASCE Board-level committee that oversees much of the interactions of ASCE with educational institutions and ABET accreditation. Jerry is a Fellow of both SEI and ASCE.

Jerry also serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications and several of its task committees, including chairing Task Committee 5 on Composite Construction. He is the past chair of AISC Task Committee 3 on Loads, Analysis, and Systems and AISC Subcommittee 6 on Composite Construction for AISC Task Committee 9 on Seismic Design, and he led the editing of the AISC Commentary for the 2005 AISC Specification. He is also on the editorial boards of several refereed journals and is an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

The ongoing technology revolution and globalization within the economy are pivotal issues for the profession and provide significant new pathways for education, research, and practice in structural engineering. This past spring, Jerry served on the planning committee for the ASCE Civil Engineering Education Summit, the first summit on education under the auspices of ASCE in over two decades. The recently released ASCE Future World Vision, which was presented at the Summit, provides a bold vision for the profession at a time of great opportunity in civil engineering. Similarly, SEI has recently announced the release of a Joint Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering, which was issued together with the Council of American Structural Engineers and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. This document provides several key recommendations to strengthen the profession. SEI is well-positioned to continue to take the lead on these important topics nationally and globally. Jerry looks forward to serving on the board and addressing these and other topics in the field.