Deierlein Delivers Newmark Lecture

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)

Best Paper Award

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.

Fahnestock Named Fellow of SEI

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

Fahnestock Receives Dean’s Award

Larry Fahnestock has received one of the 2017 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research. The College of Engineering presents this award annually to the assistant professors and associate professors who have been judged by their colleagues to have conducted the best research during the previous academic year(s).  The award will be formally conferred at the Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 24, 2017.

Fahnestock Receives Epstein Faculty Award

Prof. Fahnestock has received the 2016 Raymond and Sidney Epstein Structural Engineering Faculty Award. This award is given annually to a Structural Engineering Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for outstanding instruction. Awards are based upon the highest average ICES scores in both the Fall and Spring semester from the previous year.

Fahnestock Receives AISC Special Achievement Award

Fourteen leaders from across the structural steel design, construction, and academic community will receive distinguished awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference (April 13-15 in Orlando). Prof. Fahnestock is being recognized for his work on the reserve capacity of low-ductility steel braced frames in areas of moderate seismicity, in which he quantifies the effects of reserve capacity in non-ductile frames, which may preclude the need for strict seismic retrofit requirements in moderate seismic regions.

Fahnestock Chosen for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Prof. Larry Fahnestock has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 21st annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2½ day event. The participants—from industry, academia, and government—were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

Engineering at Illinois news article
NAE press release

Luo Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Jie Luo on receiving a 2015-2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate College!  This program provides one year of full support for outstanding students as they complete the doctoral degree, and a record number of nominations from across the university were received this year.  Jie is working under the supervision of Prof. Larry Fahnestock and Prof. James LaFave, and he is planning for a career in academia when he graduates next year.