DAVIS, CA; April 15, 2016—The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded the 2016 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize to Amit Kanvinde, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. The ASCE recognized Kanvinde for “For significant contributions in modeling integrated with large-scale experiments to advance the analysis and design of steel connections and members.”
Amit Kanvinde’s research interests focus on the seismic response of steel structures, with an emphasis on fracture and fatigue. His research combines large and small-scale experiments with model-based simulation to develop a more fundamental understanding of the response of structural systems. Kanvinde’s recent research projects have addressed the development of continuum models for fracture and fatigue in steel structures; seismic performance of column base connections; inelastic buckling and fracture of cyclically loaded steel braces; seismic performance of steel column splices; and the strength and ductility of transversely loaded fillet weld connections.
Kanvinde is also the recipient of the 2008 Norman Medal presented by ASCE. He currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering. Prior to joining UC Davis, Kanvinde was the recipient of the John A. Blume Fellowship at Stanford University.
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.
In July 1946, the ASCE Board of Direction authorized annual awards on recommendation by the Society’s Committee on Research to stimulate research in civil engineering. In October 1964, Mrs. Alberta Reed Huber endowed these prizes in honor of her husband, Walter L. Huber, Past President, ASCE.
Huber Prizes are awarded to members of the ASCE in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research. Each award includes a certificate and a cash prize.
Kanvinde joins a select group of previous Huber Prize winners at UC Davis, including Yannis Dafalias, Jason DeJong, Ed Idriss, Jay Lund, and Ross Boulanger.