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Kareem Receives Masanobu Shinozuka Medal

Nina Welding • DATE: June 29, 2017

In a ceremony earlier this summer during the 2017 conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in San Diego, Calif., the University of Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem received the ASCE’s Masanobu Shinozuka Medal. Only the second recipient of the award, he was recognized for “his contributions to the modeling of stochastic wind, waves, and earthquake loads and their effects on buildings, bridges, and offshore structures.”

Established in honor of Shinozuka, a pioneer in stochastic systems study and its applications to civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering, the award is presented biennially in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of stochastic mechanics, reliability and risk, and simulation.

The Robert Moran Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Kareem is highly regarded around the world for his expertise in wind and structural engineering, including monitoring of hurricane winds and their load effects; development of innovative structural systems for tall buildings and analyses procedures for offshore drilling and production platforms; monitoring performance of coastal construction, deep-water offshore structures, tall buildings, bridges and industrial structures; risk modeling; and development of cyber-based collaborations for research and education in wind effects. During his tenure as director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory, he has made extensive contributions to the knowledge base as well as immediate applications to engineering analysis and design tools.

His numerous honors include the 2015 Theodore Von Karman Medal from the ASCE, the 2015 Croes Medal and the Distinguished Research Award by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability, and election as an inaugural fellow of the EMI.

Kareem is a distinguished member of the ASCE, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. In 2012 he was inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Hall of Fame for his papers, which have generated a lasting impact on the design, construction or installation of offshore infrastructure.

He has also received the ASCE’s State-of-the-Art Award for scholarly contributions to full-scale monitoring of tall buildings, was selected the inaugural recipient of the Alan G. Davenport Medal, and was awarded the Robert H. Scanlan Medal for outstanding original contributions to the study of wind-load effects on structural design, as well as the Jack E. Cermak Medal in recognition of his contributions to the study of wind effects on structures. His receipt of the von Karman, Shinozuka, Davenport, Scanlan and Cermak medals is unmatched in mechanics and structural engineering fields.

In addition to the many national honors he has garnered, Kareem has participated in numerous international collaborations and programs to promote innovation in science and technology, such as the 2014 Foreign Experts Symposium in Shanghai. Appointed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as a high-end consultant to Tongji University — the highest level of appointment given to a foreign expert in China — and designated as honorary professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, he also holds honorary professorships at Central South University in Changsha, Southwest Jiao Tong University in Chengdu, Shijiazhuang Tiedo University in Shijiazhuang, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and frequently serves as a guest professor at other universities throughout China.This month he was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Nanjing Tech University in Nanjing.