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AISC Seminar Series’ renamed in honor of Louis F. Geschwindner

February 17, 2011 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – In recognition of Louis F. Geschwindner, Ph.D., P.E., for his significant contributions to the structural steel industry and his life-long love of education, AISC has renamed its annual spring and fall seminar series in his honor. Previously he’s been honored with numerous industry and professional awards including AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. The first AISC Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar will be given at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference (the session is listed as SC7 in the Advance Program available at www.aisc.org/nascc) and focuses on the 2010 AISC Specification and 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual.

Renaming AISC's renowned lectureship program as the Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar Series reflects AISC’s commitment to providing continuing education programs of the highest value to the steel design community and construction industry. Recently retiring from AISC after serving as Vice President of Engineering and Research for nine years, Geschwindner’s distinguished career of service to the design community tallied more than 40 years and culminated in his continuing service as professor emeritus of architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

As an AISC vice president, Lou was responsible for leading the development of the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings and the 13th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual, as well as all other technical activities of the Institute. “Lou is a well respected lecturer and put a lot of himself into his role at AISC,” commented Charles J. Carter, S.E., P.E., Ph. D., AISC vice president of engineering and research and chief structural engineer, and Lou’s successor. “His skill at simplifying concepts and processes helped to transform our specifications, publications, and seminars.”

Before and during his tenure at AISC, Geschwinder served for nearly 40 years as a faculty member in the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State. And many of his more than 3,000 students are now leaders in the structural engineering and academic communities. Almost uniformly they refer to Geschwindner with great affection as a dedicated educator who strongly influenced their careers. In addition, as a lecturer for AISC, Geschwindner helped continue the education of more than 15,000 practicing professionals.

Whether you’re designing industrial buildings or office buildings, AISC’s Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar Series is a significant opportunity for structural engineers and other designers to get the most out of their professional development and earn continuing education credits. This year’s spring seminar series offers six different seminar topics and two Steel Camp events happening in more than 25 cities around the U.S. from February to July. The Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar, focusing on the 2010 AISC Specification and 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, will be available in this fall’s Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar Series.

Visit www.aisc.org/seminarmap to search AISC’s 2011 spring seminars by state. For more information on registration and pricing, visit www.aisc.org/seminars.

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For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]



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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