Academic Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: January 14, 2019
by Stan Dyck

Current Recipient

  • Academic Engineer of the Year, 2019

    Professor Jeffrey W. Berman, Ph. D., University of Washington

    2019 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington

    Jeffrey W. Berman

    Professor Jeffrey W. Berman, Ph. D.
    University of Washington

    Professor Jeffrey W. Berman, Ph. D., University of Washington, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his exceptional career as a structural engineering educator who integrated cutting edge research with engineering design and problem solving. His teaching, student advising, publications, lectures, and participation in technical conferences have led to significant advances in the state of earthquake engineering practice.

    He serves as the Director of the Structural Research Laboratory and a structural engineering lead of the multi-year M9 Project, a large National Science Foundation-sponsored interdisciplinary research project investigating the impact of magnitude 9 Cascade Subduction Zone earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.  His research has advanced the understanding of how ground motion duration and ground motion frequency content impact buildings.  This has resulted in recommended design guidelines to improve the seismic safety of local buildings.

    He has conducted research on the development of post-tensioned rocking cross-laminated timber wall systems as a potential lateral force resisting system for timber buildings up to 15 stories.   His experimental and computational studies have shown the viability of rocking cross-laminated timber walls for resisting seismic loads and providing structural-damage free performance in large earthquakes.  He also conducted research on the evaluation and retrofit of steel concentrically- braced frames designed prior to 1988.  Such frames may have deficiencies that inhibit ductile system behavior.  Through large-scale experiments and computational simulation, he and his colleagues have developed recommendations for evaluation and retrofit of such frames that are being incorporated into the national standard for seismic evaluation and retrofit of buildings.

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Award Criteria

  • Has significantly advanced the state of the engineering art.
  • Has actively participated in interposing new technologies in society.
  • Has actively participated in improving the level and scope of engineering education.

Past Recipients

  • 2018 – Professor Marc O. Eberhard, , Ph.D., University of Washington
  • 2017 – Dr. H. David Stensel, P.E., University of Washington
  • 2016 – Dr. Elaine Scott, University of Washington Bothell
  • 2015 – Gregory Miller, Ph.D. – University of Washington
  • 2014 – Dorothy A. Reed, P.E., Ph.D. – University of Washington
  • 2013 – G. Scott Rutherford, Ph. D. – University of Washington
  • 2012 – Steven Kramer, Ph,D., P.E. – University of Washington
  • 2011 – Stephen Burges, P.E. – University of Washington
  • 2010 – Ronald E. Nece, ScD, P.E. – University of Washington
  • 2009 – Neil M. Hawkins, Ph.D., P.E. – University of Washington
  • 2008 – Robert D Holtz, Ph.D., P.E. – University of Washington
  • 2007 – Ann Mescher, Ph.D. – University of Washington
  • 2006 – Nirmala Ganapragasam, Ph.D, PE – Seattle University
  • 2005 – Amanie N. Abdelmessih, Ph.D – Saint Martin’s College
  • 2004 – Jean M. Jacoby, Ph.D – Seattle University
  • 2003 – Richard Storch, Ph.D, PE – University of Washington
  • 2002 – Charles W. Roeder, Ph.D, PE – University of Washington
  • 2001 – John E. Schaufelberger, Ph.D, PE – University of Washington
  • 2000 – Richard C. Collet, PE, Ph.D – University of Washington ret.
  • 1999 – R. T. Schwaegler, Ph.D – Seattle University
  • 1998 – D. Scott Eberhardt, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1997 – Juris Vagners, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1996 – Kelin J. Kuhn, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1995 – Barry I. Hyman, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1994 – Mamidala Ramulu, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1993 – Stephen B. Robel – Seattle University
  • 1992 – Jens E. Jorgenson, Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1991 – Patricia Daniels, Ph.D – Seattle University
  • 1990 – Ashley F. Emery, Ph.D, PE – University of Washington
  • 1989 – Rolf Thorsten Skrinde, Ph.D, PE – Seattle University
  • 1988 – Ilhan A Aksay – University of Washington
  • 1987 – Fr. Francis P. Wood – Seattle University
  • 1986 – Piere Gehlen – Seattle University
  • 1985 – Harry Majors Jr. – Seattle University
  • 1982 – Creighton Depew, Ph.D, PE – University of Washington
  • 1981 – Edward Wenk, PE – University of Washington
  • 1980 – Albert Drui, PE – The Richardson Associates

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