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Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator

Nina Welding • DATE: August 20, 2014

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, the 2014 Distinguished Educator. Kurama was recognized for his education/teaching record, industry participation and research, much of which has focused on the development of new and innovative types of high-performing precast concrete building structures for seismic regions.
      His research interests also include the displacements and accelerations of structures as they respond to earthquakes, seismic risk assessment of historical unreinforced masonry, behavior and design of reinforced concrete buildings under extreme fire exposure, and use of recycled materials for increased sustainability of concrete structures.
       In addition to his duties within the department and classroom, Kurama is a member of the PCI, American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has served as a faculty fellow of the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning at Notre Dame and is a member of the PCI Student Education and Seismic committees; ACI committees on Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings, Precast Concrete Structures and Concrete with Recycled Materials; and ASCE Composite Construction committee. He currently serves as an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.
       Kurama was a recipient of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Notre Dame in 2013 and 2008, the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award in 2012, the PCI Region University Professor of the Year Award in 2012, and the PCI Young Educator Achievement Award in 2005. He was co-recipient of the ASCE T.Y. Lin Award in 2003 and the PCI Martin P. Korn Award in 2002. He also received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1998.
       A faculty member since 1998, Kurama received his B.S. in civil engineering (1990) from Bogazici University in Turkey and his M.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in civil engineering from Lehigh University.