AISC Educator Awards

AISC Awards honor significant projects and individuals who have contributed to the success of the fabricated structural steel industry. Whether it is for exceptional design, an insightful technical paper, or a lifetime of outstanding service, an AISC Award brings prestige and well-deserved recognition to its recipient.

Congratulations to the 2015 award winners!

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Peter Birkemoe, Ph.D., P.Eng., Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Dr. Birkemoe has over 40 years of experience as a researcher and educator in structural steel design. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1973, and is currently Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach and apply his unique knowledge and vast experience with steel connections as a consultant.

Dr. Birkemoe is a renowned researcher and authority on bolted and welded steel connections, with emphasis on practice-oriented results for design engineers and construction practice. He has made extensive contributions to the research on which we base the design of bolted connections. He was involved with the original research that resulted in the discovery of block shear.

Dr. Birkemoe’s experimental and analytical investigations on the behavior of HSS members, led to the special strength classification for manufactured cold formed, heat-treated tubular members. Other research on stability conducted by Dr. Birkemoe includes the examination of safety of curved bridges during construction and the study of sustained plastic deformation beyond development of full-yield properties.

Dr. Birkemoe has been a member of the Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) for over 40 years, and served as chair of its Specifications Committee for Structural Joints Using A325 and A490 High Strength Bolts. He also has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constructional Steel Research and is a member of the Structural Stability Research Council.

  •  Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael D. Engelhardt, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Engelhardt is the DeWitt C. Greer Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been on the faculty since 1989. During that time he has excelled at both teaching and research.

Dr. Engelhardt has received numerous awards for his teaching. His teaching philosophy is to “present information in a manner that allows students to see simplicity and clarity in seemingly complex subjects.” His ability to accomplish this comes from a deep understanding of the subject and results in a great learning experience for the students.

Dr. Engelhardt also is a talented and world recognized researcher. His research interests are in the areas of seismic-resistant design of steel structures, steel and composite bridges and structural fire engineering.

Dr. Engelhardt’s contributions to AISC have been invaluable. He has generously shared his teaching talents with AISC. He often serves as a lecturer for AISC seminars, short courses and NASCC sessions. His abilities and cooperation with AISC are a major contribution to AISC’s reputation as an excellent continuing education provider. In addition, he serves as a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, the AISC Seismic Specification Committee, and the AISC Connection Prequalification Review Panel.

Dr. Engelhardt has received the T.R. Higgins Award for outstanding contributions in structural steel research, the AISC Special Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to the development of Eccentric Braced Frames and the Engineering News Record Construction Industry Newsmaker Award.

  • Special Achievement Award - Abbas Aminmansour, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

For his contributions to the AISC Steel Construction Manual, Part 6, Combined Axial and Bending Tables based on his Engineering Journal paper, “A New Approach for Design of Steel Beam-Columns.”

  • Special Achievement Award - Terri Meyer Boake, Professor, University of Waterloo

For her book, “Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual” which through photographs, drawings, diagrams, and text provides a beautiful, compelling and thorough overview of steel construction.

  • Special Achievement Award - Ahmad M. Itani, Ph.D., Professor, University of Nevada, Reno;  Ian G. Buckle, Ph.D., Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

For their work related to the seismic design of horizontally curved steel bridges.

Educator Award Nominations

Please take the time to recognize one of your deserving colleagues by submitting a nomination of an AISC award.

University educators are eligible for three individual AISC awards: the Geerhard Haaijer Award for Excellence in Education, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Special Achievement Award.  AISC University Programs is issuing a call for nominations for the Educator Awards. Review the information for each award (linked above) and choose carefully the award for which you wish to nominate a deserving candidate. 

Nomination forms

Visit the Competitions & Awards Channel for information on past winners, as well as other awards honoring
significant projects and individuals who have made a difference in the success of the fabricated structural steel industry.

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