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Kareem Receives Publication Award for Book on Structural Wind Engineering

Nina Welding • DATE: April 2, 2014

Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and co-author, Yukio Tamura, professor of architectural engineering at Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, have been named winners of the 2013 Japanese Association for Wind Engineering (JAWE) Publication Award. Their book Advanced Structural Wind Engineering was published in 2013 by Springer. The award will be presented at the 2014 JAWE General Assembly in May.

A faculty member since 1990, Kareem serves as the director of Notre Dame’s NatHaz Modeling Laboratory. His research focuses on probabilistic structural dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, structural safety and the mitigation of natural hazards. To better understand and predict the impact of natural hazards on the constructed environment, he uses computer models and laboratory and full-scale experiments to study the dynamic effects of environmental loads under winds, waves and earthquakes on structures and to develop mitigation strategies to enhance the performance and safety of structures. In addition, his work has resulted in a large volume of journal publications and significant appointments, such as editorship of the international journal of Wind and Structures, the Journal of Structural Engineering and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics and guest editorship of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics and Structural Safety.

He has recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Technical Activities Division of the Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE. This division administers the technical activities of the institute through a host of technical committees e.g., dynamic effects, blast loads, fire, tall buildings, bridges and performance of structures. The division also oversees three journals of ASCE, including the Journal of Structural Engineering and Bridge Engineering. Besides shaping the technical agenda of the institute the technical division also contributes to the major annual Structures Congress. Kareem has previously served in a similar role for the Engineering Mechanics Division (now institute, EMI) of ASCE.

Among his most recent honors are his selection as a recipient of the Distinguished Research Award by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability and election as an inaugural fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also 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. He has received the ASCE’s State-of-the-Art Award for scholarly contributions to full-scale monitoring of tall buildings, has been appointed an honorary professor at Tongji University in Shanghai and was selected the inaugural recipient of the Alan G. Davenport Medal. In addition, he has received the Robert H. Scanlan Medal for outstanding original contributions to the study of wind-load effects on structural design and the Jack E. Cermak Medal in recognition of his contributions to the study of wind effects on structures. His receipt of the Davenport, Scanlan and Cermak medals is an unmatched recognition in this field. In 2012 he was inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Hall of Fame for his papers, which were presented in early years of the OTC and offered innovation, direction and lasting impact on the design, construction or installation of offshore infrastructure.