BUFFALO, N.Y. — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has chosen Andrei M. Reinhorn, PhD, Clifford C. Furnas Professor of Structural Engineering at the University at Buffalo, to receive the 2011 Nathan M. Newmark Medal.
The national medal is given to an ASCE member who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering. The award winner is jointly selected by the members of the Board of Governors of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and by the retired chairs of the Structural Engineering Institute Executive Committee.
Reinhorn is the third faculty member, after George C. Lee and Tsu T. Soong, in the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to receive the award in the past 11 years, a unique achievement among competing institutions during this period.
He is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development of experimental and analytical methods in structural dynamics and for his design of response-control systems for earthquake resistant buildings, as well as contributions to quantify earthquake resilient communities.
His most notable contributions are in the development of new modeling techniques for nonlinear structural analysis, structural control of inelastic structures and quantification of disaster resilience of communities. Reinhorn, who also is an investigator with UB’s MCEER (formerly the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research), has developed new models and computational approaches for damaged and degrading structures near collapse, which have enabled engineers to design safer buildings. His widely used models offered new analytical concepts in states space and Lagrangian formulations. His computational platforms are widely used by academics and design professionals around the world.