Congratulations to Shitao Shi and his teammates for winning the 2022 NHERI Hackathon in July 2022! The teams were judged on innovation, creativity, presentation and use of DesignSafe and SimCenter tools. Shitao is a Ph.D. student studying seismic stability design of steel frames as part of a project sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Congratulations to Marissa Miller, CEE Office Manager, for winning a CEE Staff Award for Excellence! Ever since she joined CEE in spring of 2018, Marissa has provided outstanding support to the Structures Group. Thanks Marissa!
Welcome to new MS candidate Lauren Schissler, who is joining the research team for the project Strength and Serviceability of Damaged Steel Girders (sponsored by the Illinois Center for Transportation)! This project is a collaborative effort including Professors Elbanna, Fahnestock and LaFave and graduate students Ahmed Ibrahim and Sanjana Ahershinge. In May, Lauren graduated with a BS in CE from Illinois and was awarded a first-place Ira O. Baker Prize and a Lewis Graduate Fellowship for study in the field of structural engineering.
This week the structures faculty hosted Prof. Greg Deierlein, Blume Professor of Engineering at Stanford University, as he delivered the Newmark Distinguished Lecture, “Informing Strategies to Promote Earthquake Resilience through Performance-based Simulations.” Thanks to Prof. Deierlein for visiting and giving an excellent talk!
Illinois Structures Faculty, Staff and Students with Prof. Greg Deierlein during his Newmark Lecture Visit (photo by Prof. Bill Spencer via Drone)
The paper “I-5 Skagit River Bridge Collapse Review” has been selected as the best paper for 2016 by vote of the Associate Editors of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.
Stark, T.D., Benekohal, R., Fahnestock, L.A., LaFave, J.M., He, J. and Wittenkeller, C. “I-5 Skagit River Bridge Collapse Review,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 04016061. dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000913
On May 1, Prof. Anil Chopra (UC Berkeley) delivered the 2017 Newmark Distinguished Lecture, titled “Earthquake Analysis and Response of Concrete Dams,” and he also shared remarks about his professional interactions with Nathan Newmark. Congratulations to Prof. Chopra on this honor!
Prof. Chopra with University of Illinois Structures Faculty
Larry Fahnestock has been named a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). The 2017 SEI Fellows, who were recognized at the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress in Denver, Colorado earlier this month, are: Fabio Biondi, Larry Fahnestock, John Finke, Maria Garlock, Eric Hines, Ron Klemencic, Mary Kay Knight, Lance Manuel, Cheryl Rishcoff, Bradford Russell, Halil Sezen, Peggy Van Eepoel, Scott Wallace and Eric Williamson.
2017 SEI Fellows with SEI President Andrew Herrmann