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Nominations for 2013 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award due August 1

June 13, 2012 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) - Nominations are now being accepted for AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, which includes a $15,000 cash award. The award recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper or papers, published during the eligibility period, are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The award winner will be recognized and present a lecture at the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 17-20, in St. Louis.

Nominations will be accepted until August 1, 2012, and should include the following information:

  • Name and affiliation of the individual nominated
  • Title of the paper(s) for which the individual is nominated, including publication citation
  • If the paper(s) is authored by multiple individuals, identify the principal author
  • Reasons for nomination
  • A copy of the paper(s) as well as any published discussion


This year’s T.R. Higgins Award winner is Michel Bruneau, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo, N.Y. He is honored for his papers on steel plate shear wall design published in AISC’s Engineering Journal and the proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering.

“Receiving the award is a very special honor, and even more so, knowing that T.R. Higgins led the development of plastic design techniques for steel structures, as plastic design is a tool that I use every day in my research endeavors,” commented Bruneau. “My sincere thanks to AISC, the jury members and to all those who contributed to the research recognized by this award.”

Other recent winners include Charles W. Roeder, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, for his paper on gusset plate connections for seismic design, published in the proceedings of the sixth International Workshop on Connections in Steel Structures; James O. Malley, senior principal of Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, for his paper titled, “The 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings,” published in the First Quarter 2007 AISC Engineering Journal; and Donald W. White for his papers on stability analysis and design and the flexural provisions of the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.

Award nominations will be evaluated on the basis of two criteria: The individual’s reputation as a lecturer, and the jury’s assessment of the paper(s) named in the nomination. Each year the AISC Education Foundation invites a distinguished panel of industry experts to judge the nominations. Papers will be judged for originality; clarity of presentation; contribution to engineering knowledge; future significance; and value to the fabricated structural steel industry.

To be eligible to win the award, the author must be a permanent resident of the U.S. and available to fulfill the commitments of the award. Paper(s) must have been published in a professional journal within the designated five-year period of January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2012, and the award winner will be required to present their lecture, upon request, at various professional association events throughout the year. Past winners are not eligible to be renominated.

The award is named for Theodore R. Higgins, Ph.D., former AISC director of engineering and research from 1944-1968, who was widely acclaimed for his many contributions to the advancement of engineering technology related to fabricated structural steel. The award honors Higgins for his innovative engineering, timely technical papers and distinguished lectures.

Submit your nominations to Janet Cummins via email at [email protected]

Or, you can send your nominations by mail to:

T.R. Higgins Award Nomination
c/o Janet T. Cummins
Engineering & Research Coordinator
American Institute of Steel Construction
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601

Additional information on the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award and its past winners can be found at www.aisc.org/TRHigginsAward.

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For more information contact:

Tasha Weiss
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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