James M. Fisher, PhD, PE

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Emeritus Vice President

James M. Fisher, PhD, PE is Emeritus Vice President of CSD in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1962.  After serving two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he continued his formal education and in 1965 and 1968 respectively he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Computerized Design in 1973, Dr. Fisher was an assistant professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Dr. Fisher's structural expertise has resulted in authoring and co-authoring sixteen books, numerous technical publications and several AISC seminars and short courses.  He has lectured for AISC throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Dr. Fisher served as the Chairman of the AISC Specification Committee from 2003 until 2010.  He continues to be active on several AISC Specification Task Committees.  He is a member of the AISI Cold-Formed Specification Committee and ASCE 7.  In addition Dr. Fisher serves as the Consulting Engineer to the SJI.

In 1984, Dr. Fisher received the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award presented by AISC, and in 2000 he received AISC's Lifetime Achievement Award.  Both awards recognized his exceptional contribution to the steel construction industry.  He also received AISC's highest award, the J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award in 2006.