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 2013 award winners!

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Stephen A. Mahin, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Stephen Mahin has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley since 1977, and has been director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center since 2009. Dr. Mahin has made major contributions to structural steel research throughout his career. He has conducted research on steel braced frames. He has been a leader in developing cooperative research activities through the NSF U.S.-Japan Cooperative Earthquake Research Program using large-scale test facilities for composite and hybrid structures and the Partnership for Advanced Steel Structures. And, in 2001 he received the AISC Special Achievement Award for his for his leadership on the FEMA/SAC initiative.

Dr. Mahin has written more than 300 technical papers and has supervised the research of more than 80 students. He has served on AISC seismic committees since the 1990s and now is a corresponding member of AISC Task Committee 9 – Seismic Design.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Wallace W. Sanders, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University

Wallace Sanders has been a passionate and compassionate advocate for engineering education, with an emphasis on steel bridge design, during his 34 years on the faculty at Iowa State University. He continues this passion as a member and secretary of the AREMA steel bridge committee. He has furthered the knowledge of steel construction through his participation in AWS and he has contributed to AISC as a member of the Partners in Education committee.

Dr. Sanders contributed to the construction of the strong floor in the structural laboratory, which is named in honor of him and his wife Julia, at Iowa State University. His research has advanced the state-of-the-art in load distribution and strengthening for steel bridges as well as in fatigue. Dr. Sanders has carried the message for steel construction in the engineering community in Iowa, and passed his passion for the subject to countless engineers, particularly designers of highway and rail bridges. His lessons will be remembered for decades to come.

  • Special Achievement Award - Judy Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Purdue University

For her contributions toward improving structural steel education in universities through her development and maintenance of web enhanced teaching, her contributions to the AISC Partners in Education committee, and through the Tip Sheet newsletter.

  • Special Achievement Award - William J. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

For his contributions in the areas of fatigue and fracture behavior of structural steel, curved girder bridges, and forensic investigations, particularly with constraint induced fracture, fracture of high performance steel and critical steel bridge systems.

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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