News

2014

Todd Helwig - 2014 Shortridge Hardesty Award

Associate Professor Todd Helwig has been selected by ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute to receive the 2014 Shortridge Hardesty Award. more →

2013

Ferguson Lab Researchers Evaluate an Aging Power Plant Using a Robotic Crawler

Ferguson Lab researchers, Dr. Jinying Zhu and graduate student Xiaowei Dai, evaluate an aging power plant using a robotic crawler. more →

Dennis Fillip Receives Outstanding Staff Award

Thirty university employees and two supervisors were honored at the 52nd Annual President's Staff Awards this month. FSEL is pleased to announce that Dennis Fillip is one of two Cockrell School staff members who received an award this year. more →

Dr. Sharon Wood Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today that Dr. Sharon L. Wood from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been elected as a member. more →

Go Structural Interviews Eric Sammarco, Ph.D. Student, as an "Up-and-Coming" Engineer

"Once Eric Sammarco decided he wanted to be a structural engineer, he never looked back. At only 28, Sammarco has already had a solid start to his career, has passed the P.E. exam and is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin." more →

2012

UT Austin Graduate Students Win the National Competition of PCI 2012 Big Beam Contest

UT Austin Structural Engineering Graduate Students Scott McCord, Vasilis Samaras, Hamel Patel, Kostas Belivanis, Federico Aguayo, Candice Kou, James Felan, and Trey Dondrea, win the National Competition of the PCI 2012 Big Beam Contest. more →

Ogzuhan Bayrak Receives UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award

The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System recognized Ogzuhan Bayrak, Professor in structural engineering, mechanics, and materials, for outstanding teaching. more →

FSEL Doctoral Student Wins ACI-James Instruments Student Award

Xiaowei Dai, a doctoral student in the structural engineering program, is the winner of the ACI-James Instruments Student Award for Research on NDT of Concrete. more →

2011

Breen Inducted Into Class of 2011 ASCE Distinguished Members

Dr. Breen was among those honored at the ASCE Annual Conference.more →

PCI Announces 2011 Big Beam Contest Winners

Several FSEL students were among the winning teams at the annual PCI Big Beam Contest.more →

Protecting Bridges from Terrorist Attacks

Associate Professor Eric Williamson developed the first-ever national guidelines for building and retrofitting bridges so that they can better withstand a terrorist attack. more →

Oguzhan Bayrak and FSEL Alumni Receive 2011 George D. Nasser Award

Paper Co-Authored by Professor Bayrak and Alumni Robin Tuchscherer and David Birrcher receive the 2011 George D. Nasser Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. more →

Mike Engelhardt Receives UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award

The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System recognized Mike Engelhardt, Professor in structural engineering, mechanics, and materials, for outstanding teaching. more →

Karl Frank Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Karl Frank, professor emeritus in structural engineering, received an AISC (American Institute of Steel Construcction) Lifetime Achievement Award. more →

FSEL Students Receive Outstanding Paper Awards

Miguel Forero Henao and Seongwoo Jo, both recent UT graduates, received awards for their contributions to papers that were presented at the 11th North American Masonry Conference. more →

FSEL Doctoral Student Wins ACI-James Instruments Student Award

Seong-Hoon Kee, a doctoral student in the structural engineering program, is the winner of the ACI-James Instruments Student Award for Research on NDT of Concrete. more →

2010

Shear Studs Win Soccer Championship

The Shear Studs, the Ferguson Lab Soccer Team, are the Fall 2010 UT Coed Intramural Soccer Champions! The intramural soccer league included a four-game regular season and a single elimination tournament. more →

Yura, Helwig and Herman receive Moisseiff Award

Joe Yura, Professor Emeritus and Todd Helwig, Associate Professor; both in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and Reagan Herman, Resident Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University received the award at the 2010 Joint NASCC Steel Conference and Structures Congress this past May 2010. more →

FSEL Graduate Elected Mayor of Beirut

Bilal S. Hamad, Professor at the American University of Beirut won the postion of Mayor in a recent municpal election. more →

Jeremiah Fasl receives Nevada Medal

Jeremiah Fasl, a doctoral student in CAEE and a Graduate Research Assistant at Ferguson Lab is the recipient of the Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering for 2010. more →

Eric Williamson receives grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Eric Williamson will receive a grant totaling $750,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a project that will focus on the progressive collapse resistance of steel structures. The project aims to characterize the contribution of floor systems in mitigating collapse, which is an area of research yet to be addressed. What is unique about the project is that it will involve large-scale testing of 3-D structures that are 2-bays by 2-bays in plan and 2 stories in height. more →

Richard Klingner Authors New Textbook

McGraw-Hill Professional has just announced the publication of a new textbook on the structural design of masonry. The author is Richard E. Klingner, the L. P. Gilvin Professor of Civil Engineering in our Department of CAEE, and an international expert on masonry. more →

Wassim Ghannoum Visits Haiti

Structural Engineering Assistant Professor Wassim Ghannoum arrived in Haiti on January 21, 2010 to assess structures in the earthquake-torn area. His week-long safety assessment will focus mainly on hospitals and ports and will help determine which structures remain safe to re-enter. more →

2009

PCI Announces 2009 Big Beam Contest Winners

Several FSEL students were among the winning teams at the annual PCI Big Beam Contest more →

Oguzhan Bayrak elected Fellow of ACI

Oguzhan Bayrak has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) more →

Joe Yura inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Joseph A. Yura, emeritus professor, was inducted as an honorary member into the Adademy of Distinguished Alumni. Although he did not attend UT-Austin, his outstanding service to the department as a faculty member is recognized  more →

Klingner Shares Expertise on CNN

Richard E. Klinger, Professor, discussed an an eco-friendly masonry material that can withstand a 2,000-degree fire for four hours.   more →

ASCE 2009 T.Y. Lin Award

John E. Breen, Professor, was selected in April to receive the 2009 ASCE T.Y. Lin Award.   more →

Eric Williamson Selected to Receive ASCE Research Prize

Eric B. Williamson, Associate Professor, was recently selected to receive the 2009 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.   more →

Joe Yura is Recipient of Rare Amercian Institute of Steel Construction Award

Joseph A. Yura, FSEL Researcher and Professor Emeritus in CAEE, has been awarded the Geerhard Haaijer Educator Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.   more →

FSEL Engineers awarded $6.8 million research project from NIST

The research team will develop a pair of complementing sensor networks for bridge inspection, including an active, self-powered system for continuous monitoring for cracks or defects in fracture critical bridges and a passive system for monitoring corrosion in reinforced concrete bridge decks.   more →

2008

Quan Chen receives Yura Prize

The Texas Structural Steel Institute established the Yura Research Prize in 2005 in recognition of Dr. Yura's distinguished career as a faculty member at the University of Texas. The Yura Research Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding thesis or dissertation.  more →

Dean Deschenes receives Moden Award

The George E. Moden Award was established in 2003 by the technical staff at FSEL to honor a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to experimental research and dedication to the laboratory. George served as the manager of FSEL from 1973 to 1985 and inspired many students through his practical contributions to their research.  more →

FSEL students participate in CANstruction

A group of students representing FSEL participated in the SDA Central Texas Chapter first annual Austin CANstruction event in November by designing the promotional structure.   more →

Oguzhan Bayrak appointed director of FSEL

Oguzhan Bayrak has been appointed director of FSEL. He replaces Sharon L. Wood who was named chair of the CAEE Department early October.  more →

Robert L. "Bob" Reed Endowment established for Structural Engineering.

Friends, family, and professional colleagues of the late Bob Reed (BSCE, 1946) have established the Robert L. "Bob" Reed Endowed Excellence Fund for Structural Engineering.   more →

Sharon L. Wood appointed chair of CAEE Department

Sharon L. Wood has been appointed chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. She replaces Gerald E. Speitel Jr., who was named the Cockrell School's associate dean for academic affairs earlier this semester.  more →

Simulated Fracture Test of Full-Size Bridge

A destructive test of a 120-ft twin box girder bridge was conducted in June. The test is designed to determine if the concrete deck and rails are sufficient to transfer load from the damaged girder to the intact girder.  more →

FSEL Personnel receives Staff Excellence Award

Barbara Howard received the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award at a reception held at ECJ in May.  more →

FSEL Researcher receives OTC Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Joseph Yura received the Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame award at the annual conference in Houston.  more →

FSEL Researchers receive Siess Award at ACI Spring Convention

Keith Thompson, Jim Jirsa, and Jack Breen received the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research at the 2008 ACI Spring Convention in Los Angeles.  more →

National Council of Structural Engineers Association tours FSEL

More than 100 structural engineers from around the country toured FSEL on Friday, the 29th of February as part of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations' Winter Institute. more →

UT Steel Bridge Team wins regional Steel Bridge Competition

The University of Texas Steel Bridge Team finished first overall at the 2008 Texas-Mexico regional competition in Beaumont, Texas. The competition is sponsored by The American Society of Civil Engineers. more →

FSEL "Shear Studs" soccer team wins Men's Intramural Championship

Shear Studs, the Ferguson Lab Soccer Team, has won the Men's Intramural Soccer Championship. The soccer league consists of a four-game regular season, followed by a single elimination tournament.more →