AISI Congratulates Professor Reidar Bjorhovde on Receiving 2012 Charles Massonnet Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2012 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) congratulates Professor Reidar Bjorhovde, Ph.D., P.E. — a long-time member of the AISI Committee on Specifications for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members—on being named the 2012 recipient of the Charles Massonnet Award presented by the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) at its annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. This prestigious award, which was instituted in 1998, is presented to a prominent scientist who has contributed significantly to the advancement of scientific and technical support for constructional steelwork.

“While most often noted for his contributions to structural steel construction, Dr. Bjorhovde actively served on the AISI Committee on Specifications for almost 30 years and on several of its subcommittees as well, retiring in January 2012,” Jay Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, managing director of AISI’s Construction Technical Program, said. “During those years, he was also an integral part of the AISI – AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) Terminology Committee and chairman of the AISI Seismic Design Subcommittee, which spearheaded the development of the first edition of AISI S110, the Standard for Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Systems-Special Bolted Moment Frames. This standard was developed because building designers lacked a seismic standard for general cold-formed steel applications. Dr. Bjorhovde’s contributions to advancing the cold-formed steel industry worldwide cannot be measured. We heartily congratulate him on receiving this well-deserved award.”

Larson noted that the Committee on Specifications is a consensus group which maintains and updates the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members (AISI S100) and cold-formed steel test standards, which are referenced throughout the world.

Dr. Bjorhovde is president of the Bjorhovde Group, a consulting firm located in Tucson, Arizona. He advises industry, designers, fabricators and owners on construction projects throughout the world. He also works with industry, government associations and research councils on engineering projects, research and code needs. His research and design code development work is recognized internationally, including landmark work on the stability and reliability of steel columns, structural steel connections, steel materials and composite structures. He has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements.

More information on Dr. Bjorhovde and the 2012 Charles Massonnet Award can be found at
http://www.cmm.pt/massonnet_award/press_release/massonnet.html.

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