Dimitrios Lignos receives the 2019 Huber Research Prize
Associate Professor Dimitrios Lignos, director of the Resilient Steel Structures Laboratory (RESSLab) at EPFL, recieved the ASCE 2019 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize, considered the highest-level mid-career research prize in civil engineering. The ceremony was held during the ASCE’s 2019 Structures Congress from 25 to 27 April in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded Dimitrios Lignos, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at EPFL, with the prestigious 2019 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. In its citation, the ASCE Committee on Technical Advancement recognized Lignos for “significant contributions in developing state of the art methods to simulate extreme limit states in steel structures”. The Huber Prize comes with a certificate and a cash prize and was presented to Lignos during the ASCE’s 2019 Structures Congress that was held April 25 to 27 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
From left to right: Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) President David Cocke; Dimitrios Lignos; ASCE President Robin Kemper; SEI Director Laura Champion. © RESSlab / EPFL
The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize, which was founded in 1946, is awarded to members of the ASCE in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. The Huber Prize is considered the highest-level mid-career research prize in the field and is awarded annually to a few researchers across all civil engineering disciplines. 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. Lignos is one of this year’s four award recipients.
Lignos, Head of the Resilient Steel Structures Laboratory (RESSLab) at EPFL, is also the recipient of the 2013 ASCE State-of-the-art of Civil Engineering Award. He current serves as Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and co-chairs the Data Papers committee of ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Lignos’s research interests focus on the seismic response of steel and composite structures.
His research leverages multi-scale experiments with simulation-based engineering science to elucidate the physical mechanisms causing structural collapse. Lignos’s recent research projects have addressed the development of numerical models of various fidelities for collapse risk assessment of structures under earthquake loading; the development of guidelines for nonlinear analysis of structures; and the use of innovative materials with automated manufacturing processes for the development of structural systems with enhanced service life.