AISC to Honor Eight Leading Design and Construction Professionals at the 2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference

Row one, left to right: Michel Bruneau, John Cross, David B. Ratterman, Doug Rutledge;
Row two, left to right: Matthew Yarnold, Matthew Hebdon, Heather Gilmer, Francesco M. Russo.

Eight leaders from across the structural steel design, construction and academic communities will be presented with prestigious awards by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) at the 2019  NASCC: The Steel Conference (April 3-5 in St. Louis). The awards presentation and opening keynote will take place on Wednesday, April 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the America's Center Convention Complex. AISC awards honor significant individuals who have made a difference in the success of the fabricated structural steel industry. Whether it's for an innovative design, an insightful technical paper or a lifetime of outstanding service, an AISC award bestows prestige and well-deserved recognition upon its recipient.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have made a difference in AISC's and the structural steel industry's success and provides special recognition to those who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award winners are:

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

The Early Career Faculty Award provides recognition to faculty who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and/or other contributions to the structural steel industry. This year's recipients are:

  • Matthew Yarnold, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Matthew Hebdon, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University

The Special Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. It honors those who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry. This year's award recipients are:

  • Heather Gilmer, PE, Steel Operations Manager, HRV Conformance VerificationAssociates, Inc.
  • Francesco M. Russo, PE, PhD, Vice President & Technical Director, Bridge Engineering, Michael Baker International

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