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Professor Ricles earns Distinguished Achievement Award from American Institute of Steel Construction

James M. Ricles, Ph.D., P.E., the Bruce G. Johnston professor of structural engineering at Lehigh University, was recently awarded the American Institute of Construction Special Achievement Award (AISC) for his work related to designing steel structures for earthquake loading, including moment resisting connections and self-centering frames.

AISC's Special Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. It honors those who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry.

Ricles and eight other top structural steel professionals received the distinguished achievement awards. These individuals are honored for making a difference in the fabricated structural steel industry's success and were recognized on March 26 at the 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development.

Ricles conducts experimental and analytical research on innovative seismic-resistant steel structures, composite steel-concrete structures, structural steel connections, and other advanced simulation methodologies. He has been principal or co-principal investigator for more than 32 research projects with budgets exceeding $50,000, and for five large-scale multi-investigator research programs with budgets exceeding $1 million. He is co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 234 conference and workshop proceedings papers and technical reports.

The ASCE honor is the latest recognition among many Ricles has received through the years, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991-1996); the NASA Research Fellowship Award (1990-1991); and an American Institute of Steel Construction National Fellowship (1987). In addition, between 1987 and 2003, Ricles won the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Award for Arc Welded Design eight times.

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