Lifetime Achievement Awards

IIFC honors a select number of its members in recognition of their lifetime dedication to the use of fiber reinforced polymers in construction and for their distinguished contributions to research, education and professional outreach in this area. Professor Len C. Hollaway, Professor Urs Meier, Professor Aftab A. Mufti, and Professor Sami H. Rizkalla were presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at CICE 2006 in Miami in December 2006.

Professor Len C. Hollaway is Emeritus Professor of Composite Structures in the School of Engineering – Civil Engineering, University of Surrey and is also visiting Research Professor at the University of Southampton. He has considerable research interests in advanced polymer composite systems and has been engaged on research into fibre/matrix composites for more than 35 years; his areas of interest can be classified under four broad headings, namely, innovation, stress analysis, concept development and design guidelines. He has had published over 180 refereed technical papers and is the author, co-author or editor of eight books on various aspects of composites in the civil engineering industry. He is serving on, or has served on, a number of national and international committees and has organized International Conferences in FRP Composites in Construction. In 1970, he founded the Composite Structures Research Unit, University of Surrey. He was a founder member (1988) of a working group at the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. concerned with Composites in Structural Engineering. In 1999, he was a founder member of a national network of research organizations and industry in the U.K. which was set up by the Universities of Surrey and Southampton (Advanced Polymeric Composites for Structural Applications in Construction Network, [CoSACNet],); this organization has recently been incorporated into the Research Group of the Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) at NetComposites, Chesterfield, U.K. In 2001, he was a founder member of the IIFC.

Professor Urs Meier was for seventeen years the managing director of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) with 420 co-workers in Dubendorf, Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2001, he has been on the board of directors of the United EMPA-Laboratories. He is an associated member of the Department of Materials Science of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Professor Meier has accomplished much in the application of advanced composites in civil engineering during the past 30 years and has received worldwide recognition for his pioneering work. Especially noteworthy is the post-strengthening of civil structures with carbon fiber reinforced polymer strips, which has been successfully implemented at a growing rate worldwide and the CFRP stay- and post-tensioning cables. He has received a number of prizes and awards for his R&D-contributions. He is the holder of several patents on CFRP tendons and the application of pre-tensioned FRP strips.

Dr. Aftab A. Mufti is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is also the Program Leader and President of the ISIS Canada Research Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence, and the President of ISHMII (International Society for Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructures). His research interests include FRPs, FOSs, FEM, bridge engineering, structural health monitoring and civionics. He has authored or co-authored 5 books, plus provided chapters for 2 others, edited 7 books, and written more than 350 technical publications. Dr. Mufti is the recipient of 22 awards. He is the holder of several patents on the steel-free bridge deck concept, of which he is the principal developer. In addition, he is the Chair of the Technical Subcommittee of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code that recently completed developing code clauses to design, rehabilitate and repair structures using fibre reinforced polymers. The revised code is expected to be published in late 2006.

Professor Sami H. Rizkalla, Ph.D. is an elected Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI); Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE); Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE); Fellow, The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC); Fellow, International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction, and Director of Constructed Facilities Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University. Director, NSF I/UCRC – Repair of Buildings and Bridges with Composites, North Carolina State University; Immediate past Chair of ACI Committee 440 “FRP Reinforcements”; Immediate past President and Scientific Director of the Canadian Networks of Center of Excellence “Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures”; Regional Editor, Elsevier Science “Construction and Building Materials” Journal; Member, Editorial Board, ASCE “Composite for Construction” Journal; Member, Advisory Board, Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, Japan. 18