Galambos Receives Lynn S. Beedle Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineering Award

It is the most prestigious recognition the CEE department gives to its alumni and faculty.


Ted Galambos Receives Lynn S. Beedle Award
John Fisher, professor emeritus of civil engineering, presents Ted Galambos, professor emeritus of structural engineering at the University of Minnesota, with the Lynn S. Beedle Award.
 

Ted V. Galambos was named the sixth recipient of the Lynn S. Beedle Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineering Award by the department of civil and environmental engineering at Lehigh University at its sesquicentennial celebration on April 1, 2016.

Galambos, a professor emeritus of structural engineering at the University of Minnesota, was acknowledged for pioneering internationally recognized scholarship and education in numerous areas, which include the behavior and design of steel structures, the reliability of structures, structural design standards, and the stability of steel structures.

He is an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Structural Stability Research Council, and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering.

This occasion marked the first time the award has been given out in a decade. It's made to an individual for outstanding achievements in and contributions to the advancement of civil and environmental engineering in education, scholarship, professional leadership, industrial achievement, or some combination of these.

The inaugural recipient was Lynn S. Beedle himself, a distinguished professor of civil engineering at Lehigh and founder of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He received the award, the highest honor the department can bestow upon one of its graduates or faculty members, shortly before his death in 2003.

Subsequent years saw the award go to:

  • George C. Lee (2004), former dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SUNY-Buffalo, who earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1960.
  • George J. Tamaro (2005), a partner with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York, who earned an M.S. from Lehigh in 1961. Tamaro played a major role in stabilizing the foundation of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Anthony G. Collins (2006), president of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1982.
  • John W. Fisher (2007), a professor emeritus of civil engineering at Lehigh

Fisher himself introduced Galambos at the award presentation and recalled with fondness their times together at Lehigh in the 1950s.

Galambos attended the event with his wife, Barbara, with whom he drove from Minnesota to be there. Also in attendance were three generations of the Beedle family, including Ella Beedle, the wife of the late former professor.

Ted and Barbara Galambos with Ella Beedle
The recipient of the Lynn S. Beedle Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineering Award, Ted Galambos, stands with his wife, Barbara (left), and the Ella Beedle (right), wife of the late professor for whom the award is named.
 

By John Gilpatrick


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