UT’s Engelhardt To Receive Higgins Lectureship Award

     For his research on earthquake-resistant steel building design, Dr. Michael D. Engelhardt, associate professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, will receive the 28th Annual 1999 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

     The award, named for the Institute’s former director of engineering and research, recognizes a renowned lecturer and author whose technical papers during the past five years are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel.

     Engelhardt has published more than 50 articles on earthquake-resistant building design and has been invited to present results of his research all over the world. The T.R. Higgins Award specifically recognizes Engelhardt’s work related to the design of a welded beam-to-column connection known as the "dogbone," for use in earthquake-resistant steel buildings. This connection was developed in response to the widespread failure of welded connections in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in the Los Angeles area.

     Engelhardt will receive a framed certificate and a $5,000 honorarium at the North American Steel Construction Conference May 19-22 in Toronto, where he will give a paper outlining his most recent design recommendations for "dogbone" connections.