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 Michelle Damvar received a 2016 CAEE Staff Excellence Award which is presented to staff members who have distinguished themselves and contributed significantly to the CAEE department's teaching, advising, mentoring, and/or research efforts.

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Williamson for his selection as the recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 2015 Bliss Medal. This award is given for excellence in education and student mentoring, and reflects Dr. Williamson's dedication to the students that serve in the military. Dr. Williamson will be formally recognized at the 2016 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, May 24-26, 2016.

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.

Hossein Yosefpour's research while working toward a PhD under Dr. Todd Helwig and Dr. Oguzhan Bayrak made the front cover of the PCI Journal for the September-October 2015 issue. His paper, titled "Construction Stresses in the World's First Precast Concrete Network Arch Bridge", spans eighteen pages of the journal and is the feature article. To read more about his research, visit the research spotlight page found here.

Dr. Oguzhan Bayrak presented at the 2015 Dallas Area Alumni Seminar. His presentation, titled ""Structural Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" can be viewed here.

Oguzhan Bayrak received the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research for the paper he coauthored with Sungjin Bae, a former PhD student. The paper is titled "Examination of Stress Block Parameters for High-Strenth Concrete in the Context of ACI 318 Code".  This award is given to the author or authors of a peer-reviewed paper published by the Institute that describes a notable achievement in experimental or analytical research that advances the theory or practice of structural engineering and, most importantly, recommends how the research can be applied to design. The award was presented at the 2015 ACI Awards Program held in Kansas City, MO on April 12, 2015.

Professor Michael Engelhardt is a recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Lifetime Achievement Award,presented at the spring 2015 NASCC Steel Conference.

Oguzhan Bayrak has been selected to receive the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research.

The annual award honors a paper that describes a notable achievement in experimental or analytical research that advances the theory or practice of structural engineering and, most importantly, recommends how the research can be applied to design.

Full details can be found here.