Milek Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2024 Milek Fellowship Recipient, Mohannad Z. (M.Z.) Naser!

William Milek PhotographAbout the Milek Fellowship

Each year, AISC selects a promising non-tenured university faculty member as the AISC Milek Fellow (formerly the AISC Faculty Fellow), a four-year, $50,000-per-year award. The award was renamed after William A. Milek Jr., former AISC Vice President of Engineering and Research, to recognize his invaluable contributions to AISC and the structural steel industry as a whole.

Part of the value of this program to AISC, the selected fellow, and the university is the public recognition of the honor. The faculty member whose application is selected will be identified as the AISC Milek Fellow in selected publications and other venues will be presented with a Milek Fellow certificate and will receive free registration at NASCC: The Steel Conference for the four years following their selection as Milek Fellow. The faculty member is to use this fellowship to support students with high potential to be valuable contributors to the U.S. structural steel construction industry and should strive to fund a doctoral candidate with at least half of the fellowship money. The subject of study may be chosen from a wide array of topics in steel design and construction.


Past Milek Fellowship Recipients

Year  Investigator  Institution  Project 
2024 Mohannad Z. Naser Clemson University SteelGPT: Automating Structural Design of Steel Structures
2023 Ryan Sherman Georgia Institute of Technology Additive Manufacturing for Structural Steel Applications
2022 Kara Peterman University of Massachusetts-Amherst Holistic Design and Behavior of Adhesive Steel-to-Steel Connections
2021 Willam N. Collins University of Kansas Innovative Steel Deck System for Highway Bridge Applications
2020 Matt Yarnold Texas A&M Behavior of Hot Rolled Asymmetric Steel I‐Beams
2019 Johnn P. Judd Brigham Young University Inelastic Design Method for Steel Buildings Subjected to Wind Loads with the Goal to Increase Design Simplicity, Economy, and Performance
2018 Gary S. Prinz University of Arkansas Steel Seismic Systems with Architectural Flexibility: Seismic Performance of Non-Orthogonal SMF Beam-to-Column Connections
2017  Patricia Clayton  UT-Austin  Seismic Performance of Moment-Resisting Frames with Fuse-Type Connections 
2016  Spencer Quiel  Lehigh University  Performance-Based Design of Passive Fire Protection for Floor Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings 
2015  Matthew Fadden  University of Kansas  Thin Composite Two-way Flooring Systems for Structural Steel Systems  
2014 Michael Pollino  Case Western Reserve University Damage Resistant Design Methodology For Multi-Hazard Resilient Buildings
2013 Luis Ibarra University of Utah  Effect of Buckling Restrained Brace (BRB) Boundary Conditions on the Seismic Resilience of Braced Frames
2012 Matthew Eatherton Virginia Tech Development of Buckling Resistant Steel Plate Shear Walls
2011 Shih-Ho Chao University of Texas at Arlington Quantification of Seismic Performance Factors for Steel Staggered Truss and Eccentrically Braced Framing Systems
2010 Jason McCormick University of Michigan Seismic Applications of Hollow Structural Sections in Moment-Resisting Frames
2009 Larry Fahnestock University of Illinois Reserve Capacity in Steel Concentrically-Braced Frames: Implications for Seismic Behavior, Design and Performance
2008  Jeffrey Berman University of Washington Improving the Threat Independent Life-Safety of Steel Gravity Framing Systems
2007 Venkatesh Kodur Michigan State University Performance-Based Methodology for Demonstrating the Feasibility of Unprotected Steel in Sprinklered Buildings.  
2006 Ben Schafer Johns Hopkins University Cross Section Stability of Structural Steel
2005 Judy Liu Purdue University Slit Steel Shear Walls
2004  Amit Varma Michigan State University / Purdue University Development of Innovative Long-Span Slab Systems for Multi-Story Residential Steel Structures