AISC Seeks Nominations for 2018 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award

May 30, 2017

(Chicago, IL) – Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize. Presented annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the award recognizes a lecturer-author whose technical paper (or papers) is considered an outstanding contribution to engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The winner will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 11-13 in Baltimore, Md., and also will present their lecture, upon request, at various professional association events throughout the year.

The award will be given to a nominated individual based on their reputation as a lecturer and the jury's evaluation of the paper(s) named in the nomination. Papers will be judged for originality, clarity of presentation, contribution to engineering knowledge, and future significance and value to the fabricated structural steel industry.

Nominations must be submitted by August 1, 2017. For the full nomination requirements and more information about the award, please visit For questions please contact Janet Cummins, AISC’s engineering and research coordinator, at

The current T.R. Higgins Lecturer is Todd A. Helwig, PhD, professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored for his paper, “Stiffness Behavior of Cross Frames in Steel Bridge Systems,” and other papers related to stability bracing. If your organization is interested in hosting a T.R. Higgins lecture, please contact Nancy Gavlin, SE, AISC’s director of education, at


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Dani Friedland
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American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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