Ahmad Hassan Receives 2024 Reidar Bjorhovde Outstanding Young Professional Award

The AISC Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Degenkolb Engineers’ Ahmad Hassan has received the second-ever Reidar Bjorhovde Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Hassan graduated from the University of California, Davis, with his PhD in structural engineering in December 2022. Shortly thereafter, he went to work at Degenkolb Engineers.

He will kick off his upcoming year of steel industry exposure in March at NASCC: The Steel Conference, where he will receive recognition and connect with industry leaders and peers. Later this year, Hassan will visit a structural steel mill and fabrication shop to get an up-close look at the process before joining AISC at its November Task Committee meetings in Chicago.

"We're so pleased to recognize Ahmad Hassan with the 2024 Bjorhovde Award," said AISC Director of Foundation Programs Maria Mnookin. "In recent years, Ahmad has taken an active interest in AISC's activities, particularly in the development of our codes and standards. We look forward to continuing Reidar Bjorhovde's legacy of mentorship through this program and engaging with individuals like Ahmad, who show great potential to be tomorrow's leaders."

The annual Reidar Bjorhovde Award honors young professionals who mirror the outstanding leadership and initiative that its namesake was renowned for. The late Reidar Bjorhovde had a life-long passion for mentorship and took many of today’s brightest industry minds under his wing.

Amit Kanvinde, a structural engineering professor at UC Davis, the 2022 T.R. Higgins Award winner, and a notable contributor to AISC standards and research, recommended Hassan for the Bjorhovde Award.

“I have been extremely impressed with Ahmad's intelligence, work ethic, dedication, and professionalism," Kanvinde wrote. "He is one of the best students I have had the pleasure to supervise--and I say this with confidence."