Mike Engelhardt was selected to receive the 2018 Joe J. King Engineering Achievement Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made significant contributions in furthering the profession of engineering. Mike is honored for his continued service to the structural engineering profession and his influence on the structural steel design, construction and academic communities.

Mr. Joe J. King, ME 1925, established the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award in 1976 out of deep respect for engineering education and the profession, and love for his alma mater.

Congratulations, Dr. Engelhardt!

Trevor Hrynyk and co-author Frank Vecchio have been selected by the Structural Engineering Institute to receive the 2018 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineering for their paper titled “Modeling of Steel-Concrete Composite Elements under In-Plane and Out-of-Plane Loads” and published in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering in October 2016. The Raymond C. Reese Research Prize is awarded to the author or authors of a paper in a print issue of an ASCE journal that describes a notable achievement in research related to structural engineering and indicates how the research can be used. 

You can read the paper here

Congratulations, Dr. Hrynyk!

Todd Helwig will become Associate Chair of the Civil Engineering Program starting this fall. His leadership, passion and technical expertise will be a valuable contribution to our sustained excellence in Civil Engineering.

Congratulations Dr. Helwig!

Dr. Tricia Clayton received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor.  Tricia’s selection was based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, and departmental nominations that were reviewed by a committee of CSE faculty members and student leaders.  Tricia will also be recognized at the 2017 Fall Faculty Meeting.  Congratulations, Tricia!

FSEL would like to congratulate Dr. Tricia Clayton for being selected for the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC’s) Early Career Faculty Award.  This award was initiated by AISC to provide recognition to individuals who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and other contributions to the structural steel industry.  Tricia will receive her award at NASCC, The Steel Conference, in San Antonio in March 2017.

Congratulations, Tricia!  Besides being a great personal award, your efforts add to the stature of our CAEE community.

Professor Ned Burns, national leader in structural engineering research, and member of the Ferguson Laboratory family, passed away on November 5th, 2016.

More information can be found here.

Dr. Todd Helwig was recently named the 2017 AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner. Todd received this prestigious award at the NASCC: The Steel Conference, on March 22nd 2017 in San Antonio.  This award was based on his outstanding scholarly publications and reputation as an engineer. He was also recently formally inducted into the UT CAEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Congratulations Dr. Helwig!

The 2016 Structural Engineering Education Reunion (STEER) will take place September 22nd-23rd, 2016 in Austin, TX to celebrate the distinguished career of Dr. James Jirsa. After forty-four years at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Jirsa will be retiring from his position in August of 2016. For more information, please visit the STEER website.

Dr. Eric Williamson gave a presentation entitled “Seismic Vulnerability of Texas Bridges” at the 2016 CTR Symposium. This presentation was on work being done as part of the TxDOT-sponsored project entitled “Seismic Vulnerability and Post-Event Actions,” and the presentation slides can be viewed below.


Blake Stasney, laboratory manager, retired after 39 years at the laboratory on May 3rd, 2016. He played a huge role in the success of the laboratory and greatly influenced hundreds of students in his time at the lab. A retirement party was thrown for him to recognize his hard work, dedication, and service. He will be sorely missed!