AISC Educator Awards

AISC Awards honor significant projects and individuals who have contributed to the success of the fabricated structural steel industry. Whether it is for exceptional design, an insightful technical paper, or a lifetime of outstanding service, an AISC Award brings prestige and well-deserved recognition to its recipient.

Congratulations to the 2014 award winners!

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Charles W. Roeder, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, University of Washington

Charles Roeder has dedicated the majority of his university career to the structural steel industry through his research, teaching and service to AISC. He has been on the forefront of the development of engineering design and analysis methods for numerous structural steel systems for both bridges and buildings, and has developed an international reputation as an outstanding researcher and lecturer in structural steel design. His contributions to seismic engineering of structural steel systems, including moment resisting frames, concentrically and eccentrically braced frames and older steel structures, have changed structural design practice.

Prof. Roeder also has been dedicated to professional service throughout his career. He is a member of AISC Committee 358, a corresponding member of AISC Task Committee, TC-9, a past member and chair of the TRB Committee on Steel Bridges, and has generously provided technical and practical advice to AISC throughout many years. In addition, Prof. Roeder has won the AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award and spent the 2011-2012 year presenting his much appreciated lecture on Gusset Plate Connections for Seismic Design around the country.

Throughout his career Prof. Roeder has demonstrated his talent for innovative research and his commitment to AISC and the structural steel industry.

  • Special Achievement Award - Christopher Higgins, Ph.D., P.E., professor at Oregon State University

For his work on developing software imaging tools for use in the inspection of steel bridge gusset plates.

  • Special Achievement Award - James M. Ricles, Ph.D., P.E., Bruce G. Johnston professor of structural engineering, Lehigh University

For his work related to designing steel structures for earthquake loading, including moment resisting connections and self-centering frames.

  • Special Achievement Award - William Wood, Dr., Eng., professor at Portland State University

For his work on narrow gap electro-slag welding and for providing technical support for the AWS D1.5 provisions on this subject.

University educators are eligible for three AISC individual awards: the Geerhard Haaijer Award for Excellence in Education, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Special Achievement Award. This year the University Relations group is posting a Call for Nominations for the educator awards. Please take the time to recognize one of your deserving colleagues by submitting a nomination of an AISC award.

Nomination forms


Visit the Competitions & Awards Channel for information on past winners, as well as other awards honoring
significant projects and individuals who have made a difference in the sucess of the fabricated structural steel industry.

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