MCEER Movers & Shakers
ATC-61 Project Team Receives Excellence Award
On behalf of the ATC-61 Project Team, Ronald T. Eguchi accepted an ATC Award of Excellence for Extraordinary Achievement in Assessment of Future Savings from Mitigation Activities at a black tie dinner April 17, 2006 in San Francisco. The award was presented in recognition of his leadership as Project Director of the Research Team who authored “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, Volume 1 – Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations.” The research team was assembled by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) on a contract from the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) of the National Institute for Building Sciences. Other MCEER investigators who participated on the Research Team include Adam Rose, Stephanie Chang and Charles Huyck. Bill Petak served on the Internal Project Review Team and Kathleen Tierney serves on the MMC Project Management Committee. Sponsored by ATC and Engineering News Record, the event celebrated 100 years of seismic structural engineering and construction in the U.S. A complete list of awards is on ATC’s website.
Charles “Chuck” Seim, a MCEER Highway Project investigator, is the 2006 recipient of the John A. Roebling Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Bridge Engineering. Mr. Seim’s 50 year career with Caltrans and T.Y. Lin International was full of innovation in bridge engineering and construction. As supervising engineer for Caltrans and later bridge maintenance engineer for California State owned toll bridges, he has supervised an array of repairs and new construction of many major structures in California. With T.Y. Lin, his portfolio included the design of many international projects. He is a distinguished presenter and author on the topics of elastic stability problems, earthquake considerations, orthotropic steel decks and composite elements in bridge construction.
Tom Ho, Vice President of T.Y. Lin International and MCEER Highway Project investigator, accepted the Eugene C. Figg Jr. Medal on behalf of the Dagu Bridge project team at the 23rd Annual International Bridge Conference on June 12, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Dagu Bridge is located in the center of the city of Tianjin, China, and is part of a larger effort to redevelop the city’s urban core. Its asymmetric, inclined plane, twin tied arches represent the sun and the moon dancing with the golden dragon over the Haihe River. The honor is bestowed annually to a signature bridge which represents a “single, recent, outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that, through vision and innovation, provides an icon to the community for which it was designed.”
Modjeski and Masters’ President/CEO and Chief Engineer, John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E., was among 76 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was chosen by his peers for his contribution to the design of major bridges and for leadership in the development of load and resistance factor design specifications. Mr. Kulicki chairs MCEER’s Highway Seismic Research Council.
Andrei M. Reinhorn, Professor, Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, and long-time MCEER investigator, received the Exceptional Scholar -- Sustained Achievement Award, from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University at Buffalo. He was one of 12 faculty members to receive the honor created to recognize long-term contribution to science and/or engineering.