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Martin and Yura to Receive AISC Lifetime Achievement Awards
Hajjar to receive Special Achievement Award

March 02, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

John A. Martin, S.E. and Joseph A. Yura, Ph.D. will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year's North American Steel Construction Conference. In addition, Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., will receive a Special Achievement Award.

AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards honor living individuals who have “made a difference” in AISC’s and the structural steel industry’s success. The Special Achievement Award gives recognition to individuals who demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements that have made a positive and substantial impact on structural steel design and construction industry.

The awards will be presented at the 2004 North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC), March 24-27, in Long Beach, CA (for more information, visit www.aisc.org/nascc).

John A. (Jack) Martin, S.E. is the founder of the Martin Associates Group of engineering companies, including John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. and Martin/Martin, Inc. Martin’s work has been recognized for its blending of science and art, technology and creativity, and innovation and safety. His firm has worked on skyscrapers, condominiums and casinos; the Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Long Beach convention centers; the Staples Center Arena, and the LAX business district.

Joseph A. Yura, Ph.D. holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, where he has been a faculty member since 1966. There he has concentrated his teaching and research in the areas of steel design, stability, structural connections and offshore structures. In 1974 he received AISC’s T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award for a paper on the design of columns in unbraced frames. In 2000, Yura was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work on bracing and stability. He has also been awarded the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize and the Shortridge Hardesty Award from ASCE, among numerous other awards for his teaching and research related to steel structures.

Yura has been a contributing member of the Structural Stability Research Council, the Research Council on Structural Connections and ASCE. He is the former chairman of the Task Committee on Stability of AISC, and was the principal developer of the stability bracing provisions in the 2000 AISC-LRFD Specification. He is a co-author of a recent lecture series for practicing engineers on “Bracing for Stability” that has been given throughout North America.

Hajjar's award is being presented for his outstanding development of strength and performance theory and criteria for composite columns. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on computational analysis, experimental testing, and the design of steel and composite steel/reinforced concrete structures. He is on the AISC Specification Task Committees on Composite Construction, Stability, and Loads, Analysis, and Systems; he is leading the editing of the 2005 AISC Commentary; he is on the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee; and he is the current chair of the ASCE Technical Administrative Committee on Metals. He has received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and research, including the 2000 Norman Medal and the 2003 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE. He is a registered professional engineer.

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Scott Melnick
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American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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