Lifetime Achievement Awards - Past Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners!

Michel Bruneau, PhD, PEng, Professor, University at Buffalo

Bruneau has made major contributions to advancing the seismic design of steel structures for more than 30 years. This includes major contributions in the areas of special plate shear walls and eccentrically braced frames. The results of his research have been widely applied in the design of steel buildings and bridges, and his work has resulted in major additions to AISC’s Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 341). Additionally, Bruneau has been a contributor and member of AISC Task Committees since 2001, and has also made major contributions in the areas of blast resistance and multi-hazard design.



John P. Cross, PE, LEED AP, Consultant, Former Vice President (Retired), American Institute of Steel Construction

Prior to his recent retirement, Cross was responsible for developing industry information to communicate the benefits of structural steel to key decision-makers. In addition, he developed economic forecasts, tracked market statistics and represented the structural steel industry on various standards and code bodies dealing with sustainability and resilience. He is a well-respected expert in the structural steel industry and has been actively involved in the engineering community for more than four decades. He also has authored more than 50 publications on various industry topics.




David B. Ratterman, Senior Member of Stites & Harbison, PLLC and Former AISC General Counsel

Ratterman is an attorney and graduate engineer who concentrates his practice on construction law issues and formerly served as Secretary and General Counsel of AISC. Ratterman has been an officer or advisor to 12 industry trade organizations and professional societies involved in the international fabricated structural steel industry. He has been lead trial counsel for numerous structural steel fabricators and other contractors, design professionals, material suppliers and construction owners involved in complex matters in litigation, arbitration, and construction mediation. Ratterman is a prolific author and speaker on a wide variety of construction law topics and he has presented or published in excess of 50 research papers, technical papers, and articles. Additionally, he has participated in or moderated numerous panel discussions on construction law topics at a wide variety of domestic and international academic symposia.



Doug Rutledge, Chief Integration Officer, KL&A Inc.

Rutledge is honored for the development and implementation of numerous innovations and inventions unique to structural engineering and steel construction. He is the inventor and patent-holder of the CorTek stay-in-place modular forming system, which allows stair and elevator cores to be pre-manufactured from steel products, then installed and filled with concrete on-site. Additionally, he founded and operated Rutledge Steel Company (eventually employing over 100 workers). As an independent steel industry consultant, Rutledge has assisted clients with claim preparation and recovery, design of computer estimating systems, training of project management personnel, productivity assessments, constructability evaluations, and turnaround plans.





Past Winners

Michel Bruneau, PhD, PEng, Professor, University at Buffalo
John P. Cross, PE, LEED AP, Consultant, Former Vice President (Retired), American Institute of Steel Construction
David B. Ratterman, Senior Member of Stites & Harbison, PLLC and Former AISC General Counsel
Doug Rutledge, Chief Integration Officer, KL&A Inc.

Michael A. Grubb, PE, M.A., Grubb and Associates, LLC
Donald W. White, PhD, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thomas A. Sabol, SE, PhD, principal, Englekirk, and adjunct professor, UCLA

David Harwell, president, Central Texas Iron Works, Inc.
Edward T. Hazledine, president and CEO, Benchmark Fabricated Steel
Roberto T. Leon, PE, PhD, DM ASCE, D.H. Burrows professor of construction engineering, Virginia Tech
Edward P. Wasserman, PE, senior engineer, Modjeski and Masters

Gregory Deierlein, Ph.D., professor, Stanford University
Geoffrey Kulak, P.E., Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of Alberta
James Stori, P.E., STS Steel

Peter Birkemoe, Ph.D., P.E., professional emeritus, University of Toronto
Michael D. Engelhardt, Ph.D. P.E., professor, University of Texas at Austin
Socrates Ioannides, president, Structural Affiliates International
Richard Kaehler, vice president, Computerized Structural Design

Eric S. Kline, PCS, executive vice president, KTA-Tator
Charles Roeder, P.E. professor, University of Washington
Ray Tide, D.Sc., principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Michael F. Engestrom, technical marketing director, Nucor-Yamato Steel, Blytheville, Ark.
Dann H. Hall, principal, Bridge Software Development International, Ltd., Coopersburg, Pa.
Michael A. West, P.E., AIA, principal, Computerized Structural Design, Milwaukee, Wis.
Stephen A. Mahin, Ph.D., professor, University of California, Berkeley
Wallace W. Sanders, Jr., Ph.D., professor emeritus, Iowa State University

Tom Ferrell, Ferrell Engineering, Birmingham, Ala.
Louis Geschwindner, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
James Malley, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco
Alexander Wilson, Chair, Steel Bridge Task Force

Reidar Bjorhovde, P.E., Ph.D., President, The Bjorhovde Group, Tucson, Ariz.
Karl Frank, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin
David I. Ruby, S.E., P.E., Ruby + Associates, Farmington Hills, Mich.
Jon Magnusson, P.E., Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Fernando Friás, President, Mexican Institute of Steel Construction (IMCA)
Raymond A. Phillips, Chairman, Cives Steel Company
Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, Charles H. Thornton and Company LLC
Duane S. Ellifritt, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

Gordon Finch, President, Builder’s Steel, North Kansas City (ret.)
Charles G. Salmon, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Irwin Cantor, President, Irwin G. Cantor, P.E., New York City, NY

William Liddy, AISC (ret.), Chicago, IL
Bert Cooper, W&W Steel/AFCO Steel, Oklahoma City, OK
P.V. Banavalkar, Ingenium, Inc., Houston, TX
Frank Hatfield, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Subhash Goel, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Steven Fenves, Carnegie Mellon, Gaithersburg, MD
Pat Loftus, High Steel Structures, Lancaster, PA
Thomas M. Murray, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Bruce R. Ellingwood, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Hank Martin, AISI, Washington DC
Enrique Martinez-Romero, IMCA, Mexico City, Mexico
R. Shankar Nair, Teng & Associates, Chicago, IL

Arthur Hedgren, Richardson Gordon & Associates (ret.)—now known as HDR, Pittsburgh, PA
Duane Miller, The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, OH
Stanley T. Rolfe, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Eddie Williams, Buckner Companies, Chapel Hill, NC

Bill Dyker, American Bridge (ret.), Knoxville, TN
Walter Gatti, Tensor Engineering Co., Indian Harbor Beach, FL
John A. Martin, John A. Martin & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Dave Ricker, Javelina Explorations, Payson, AZ
Joseph A. Yura, University of Texas, Austin, TX

W.F. Chen, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Robert J. McNamara, McNamara/Salvia, Inc., Boston, MA
William Thornton, Cives Steel Company, Rosewell, GA
Emile Troup, Structural Steel Fabricators, Canton, MA

Fred R. Beckmann, AISC Director of Bridges (ret.), Chicago, IL
Lawrence G. Griffis, Walter P. Moore & Associates, Houston, TX
Lawrence A. Kloiber, LeJeune Steel, Minneapolis, MN
John M. Kulicki, Modjeski & Masters, Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA
Donald R. Sherman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Arthur P. Arndt, American Bridge, Bethlehem, PA
John Fisher, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Ted W. Winneberger, W&W Steel Company, Oklahoma City, OK

John Barsom, Barsom Consulting Ltd., Pittsburgh, PA (previously with US Steel)
Lynn S. Beedle, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Robert O. Disque, Gibble Norden Champion Consulting Engineers, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT (previously Chief Engineer of AISC)
James M. Fisher, Computerized Structural Design, Milwaukee, WI
Srinivasa (Hal) Iyengar, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL
William A. Milek, Consultant, Glen Ellyn, IL (previously Vice President of Engineering & Research at AISC)

Omer W. Blodgett, The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, OH
Gerald Fox, HNTB (ret.), Kansas City, MO
Robert L. Nickerson, NBE Ltd., Hempstead, MD
Clarkson W. Pinkham, S.B. Barnes & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Egor Popov, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA