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Kareem Appointed as High-end Consultant to Chinese Universities and Received an International Distinguished Research Award

Meenu Garg • DATE: November 15, 2013

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Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is appointed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as a high-end consultant to Tongji University, which boasts the country’s top program in civil engineering. Tongji University has not only a large pool of highly talented students with strong background in math and science but they also have the best facilities with the most sophisticated wind tunnels and the largest shaking table in the world for earthquake engineering. This is the highest level of appointment currently given to a foreign expert in China. This involves advisory role for their research activities, evaluation of their current National Science Foundation’s projects and lecturing. This also provides Kareem access to their intellectual as well physical research infrastructures.

This summer, Kareem was also named a recipient of the Distinguished Research Award by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR). The IASSAR promotes the study, research and applications of scientific principles of safety, risk and reliability in the analysis, design, construction, maintenance and operations of structures and engineered systems. Presented every four years, its Distinguished Research Award is given to senior researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of structural reliability and safety.

In addition he was elected among the inaugural fellows of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Kareem, who serves as the director of Notre Dame’s NatHaz Modeling Laboratory, specializes in probabilistic structural dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, structural safety and the mitigation of natural hazards. To better understand and predict the impact of natural hazards on the constructed environment, he uses computer models and laboratory and full-scale experiments to study the dynamic effects of environmental loads under winds, waves and earthquakes on structures and to develop mitigation strategies to enhance the performance and safety of structures. He has served as a Notre Dame faculty member since 1990.

The research findings of Kareem and his team continue to have a major influence in the area of structural engineering, including monitoring of hurricane winds and their load effects; development of innovative structural systems for tall buildings and analyses procedures for offshore drilling and production platforms; monitoring performance of costal construction, deepwater offshore structures, tall buildings, bridges and industrial structures; risk modeling; and development of cyber-based collaborations for research and education in wind effects. His work has resulted in a large volume of journal publications and significant appointments, such as editorship of the international journal of Wind and Structures, the Journal of Structural Engineering and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics and guest editorship of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics and Structural Safety.

In addition to his research and classroom responsibilities, he is currently serving a two-year term as chair of the Technical Activities Division of the Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE. This division administers the technical activities of the institute through a host of technical committees e.g., dynamic effects, blast loads, fire, tall buildings, bridges and performance of structures. The division also oversees three journals of ASCE, including the Journal of Structural Engineering and Bridge Engineering. Besides shaping the technical agenda of the institute the technical division also contributes to the major annual Structures Congress. Kareem has previously served in a similar role for the Engineering Mechanics Division (now institute, EMI) of ASCE.

Among his most recent honors are selection as a distinguished member of the ASCE, election as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, receipt of the ASCE’s State-of-the-Art Award for scholarly contributions to full-scale monitoring of tall buildings, appointment as an honorary professor at Tongji University in Shanghai and selection as the inaugural recipient of the Alan G. Davenport Medal, presented by the International Association for Wind Engineering in recognition of his distinguished achievement in the dynamic wind effects on structures. He also received the Robert H. Scanlan Medal for outstanding original contributions to the study of wind-load effects on structural design and the Jack E. Cermak Medal in recognition of his contributions to the study of wind effects on structures. His receipt of the Davenport, Scanlan and Cermak medals is an unmatched recognition in this field. In 2012 he was inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Hall of Fame for his papers, which were presented in early years of the OTC and offered innovation, direction and lasting impact on the design, construction or installation of offshore infrastructure.

Kareem graduated from the West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology with distinction and, through a joint program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned his master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Hawaii. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering, with a focus on structural and fluid dynamics, from Colorado State University.