Eric B. Williamson, Associate Professor, was recently awarded the 2009 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.
This prize is awarded to members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 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.
Williamson is recognized for his research in the fields of blast-resistant structural design and progressive collapse. Results of his work have led to the first-ever AASHTO LRFD specifications for the design of bridge components subjected to blast. The award committee particularly noted his pioneering work in the area of dynamic and nonlinear response of structures subjected to severe loadings.
He received this award in April, during the ASCE Structures Congress 2009.