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Larry S. Muir Wins 2014 AISC T.R. Higgins Award

October 24, 2013 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Larry S. Muir, P.E., a structural steel consultant based in Atlanta, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. Muir is being honored for his paper “Designing Compact Gussets with the Uniform Force Method,” published in the first quarter 2008 issue of AISC’s Engineering Journal.

The T.R. Higgins award is presented annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper(s) are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, will be presented to Muir at the 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, March 26-28.

“I am so very pleased that Larry is the recipient of the Higgins Award,” said Charlie Carter, AISC’s vice president and chief structural engineer. “His paper is very meaningful – it simplifies gusset design by the Uniform Force Method and allows the use of even more compact gusset plates than the original method. Larry is a very accomplished and deserving recipient.”

Each year the AISC Education Foundation invites a distinguished panel of industry experts to judge the nominations. The jury reflects a blend of professional insight, industry experience and academic excellence. The following jurors collaborated to select Muir as the recipient of the 2014 award:

  • Craig Archacki, P.E., engineering manager, United Steel, Inc. (AISC Member), East Hartford, Conn.
  • Susan B. Burmeister, P.E., principal, S2B Structural Consultants, PLLC, Springfield, Va.
  • Larry A. Fahnestock, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
  • Gary T. Fry, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • Charles J. Carter, S.E., P.E., Ph.D., vice president and chief structural engineer, AISC, Chicago, Ill.
  • Jules Van de Pas, P.E., S.E., vice president, Computerized Structural Design, S.C., Greenwood Village, Colo.

Muir has been involved in the structural steel industry for more than 20 years. After a brief time with an engineering office, he began to pursue a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon receiving his graduate degree in 1996 he went to work for AISC-member fabricator Cives Steel Company, where over the course of 12 years he participated in the design and fabrication of numerous large-scale projects, including high-rise buildings, stadiums, and power plants. He served as president of the company’s engineering division for three years.

Currently he provides structural steel consulting services to fabricators, erectors, engineers, and the AISC Steel Solutions Center as president of The Steel Connection, LLC.

Muir is a member of both the AISC Specification and Manuals Committees and a member of the SEI Committee on the Design of Steel Building Structures. He has authored or co-authored numerous papers, articles, seminars and book chapters on connection design and steel fabrication.

The AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award is named for Theodore R. Higgins, former AISC director of engineering and research, 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. For more information on the award program, visit www.aisc.org/TRHigginsAward.

Recent T.R. Higgins recipients include: 2013 winner William F. Baker, P.E., S.E., for co-authoring the papers “Stability Design of the Bow String Trusses of the Virginia Beach Convention Center” and “Applications of Structural Optimization in Architectural Design,” which were published in the proceedings of the combined 2012 ASCE Structures Congress and 20th Analysis and Computation Specialty Conference; 2012 winner Michel Bruneau, P.E., Ph.D., 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; and 2011 winner Charles W. Roeder for his paper “Gusset Plate Connections for Seismic Design.”


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