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William Milek, Former AISC VP of Engineering and Research

September 7, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) - William A. Milek, 92, died September 3, 2010. A resident of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Milek joined AISC in 1955 as a district engineer based in his home town of Omaha, Neb. From 1961 – 1967 he was a research engineer at AISC headquarters, then in New York City. Upon the retirement of T.R. Higgins in 1968, Milek became AISC’s director of engineering and research and later the vice president of engineering. He retired from that position shortly after AISC moved to Chicago in 1983. In 2000, Milek was presented with the AISC Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his many contributions to the institute and the structural steel industry.

“William was an avid, prolific, and brilliant contributor to the work of AISC, the American Welding Society, and the Research Council on Structural Connections,” said Thomas Schlafly, AISC director of research. “He was a craftsman, an engineer, and a gentleman.”

Milek is survived by his children John, Tom, Anne and James; two brothers, Robert and David; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Visitation is Wednesday afternoon, September 8, at the Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Lisle, Ill., where the funeral will be on Thursday morning. For more information, click here.


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Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
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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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