President’s Awards

CICE 2018: Paris, France

Dr. Emmanuel Ferrier was awarded the “President’s Award” at CICE 2018 in Paris in July 2018.

ferrierDr. Emmanuel Ferrier is a Professor at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, FRANCE. His research interests focus on the external bonded FRP material to concrete structures. FRP/concrete interface, shear and flexural strengthening combined with seismic retrofitting are the main research interest. He is the author/co-author of over 60 refereed publications and he his involved in local working group in France for developing standard for FRP strengthening. He is the director of the laboratory Composite for Construction in Lyon (France). 

Prof. Ferrier is an elected member of the IIFC Council, member at large of the IIFC Executive Committee and he gives a significant contribution to develop webinars activity for IIFC. He co-chaired the organizing committee of the 9th IIFC Official CICE Conference in July 2018 in Paris. He reviews for several international journals and is an editorial board member of Fib’s Journal, Structural concrete.

CICE 2016: Hong Kong, China

Dr. Amir Fam and Dr. Raafat El‐Hacha were awarded the “President’s Award” at CICE 2016 in Hong Kong in December 2016.

Dr. Amir Amir FamFam is a Professor at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the Donald and Sarah Munro Chair and the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University, Canada.

Dr. Amir Fam  is the Vice President and Treasurer and a Member of the Council of IIFC. Dr. Fam is an active researcher in the area of structural engineering using FRP reinforcements and bio-based composites in new construction and retrofitting aging bridges and buildings, with a focus on the concrete-filled FRP tube system and FRP stay in place forms for concrete bridge decks.

CICE 2012: Rome, Italy

Dr Kent A. Harries was awarded the “President’s Award” at CICE 2012 in Rome in June 2012.

Kent A. Harries, Ph.D., FACI, P.EngDr. Kent Harries is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of IIFC Council and Executive Committee and was appointed IIFC Newsletter Editor at CICE 2010.

Dr Harries’ research interests include the use of non-traditional materials (FRP, HPC, RPC, bamboo) in civil infrastructure, the seismic design and retrofit of building structures, the design and behavior of high-rise structures, applications of full-scale structural testing and the history and philosophy of science and technology.

CICE 2010: Beijing, China

Dr Rudi Seracino was awarded the “President’s Award” at CICE 2010 in Beijing in September 2010.

Dr. Rudi Seracino is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at North Carolina State University. He is a member of IIFC Council and was appointed IIFC Secretary at CICE 2010, and served IIFC as the FRP International Editor from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Seracino is a co-chair of the FRPRCS-10 symposia to be held in Tampa in April 2011.

Dr. Seracino’s primary research area is the application of advanced fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) in civil engineering, particularly in the development of ductile FRP systems for the rehabilitation or strengthening of existing infrastructure. Other research interests include the partial-interaction assessment of composite steel-concrete members, and the behavior of high strength/performance materials. His research includes large-scale laboratory testing, and analytical and numerical modeling.

CICE 2008: Zurich, Switzerland

Dr Scott T. Smith was awarded the “President’s Award” at CICE 2008 in Zurich in July 2008.

Dr. Scott T. Smith is a Professor at Southern Cross University, Australia. His research interests encompass the experimental testing as well as the analytical and numerical modeling of FRP strengthening systems for a variety of RC structural elements. He is the author/co-author of over 100 refereed publications including “FRP-Strengthened RC Structures” (Wiley 2002) as well as “Design Guideline for RC Structures Retrofitted with FRP and Metal Plates: Beams and Slabs” (Australia’s first design guideline under the auspices of Standards Australia in 2008). Dr Smith is an elected member of the IIFC Council, Secretary to the IIFC Executive Committee and he chaired the organising committee of the First IIFC Official Conference for the Asia-Pacific region in December 2007 (APFIS 2007: He reviews for several international journals and is an editorial board member of ASCE’s Journal of Composites for Construction.

CICE 2006: Miami, USA

Dr. Jian-Fei Chen and Professor Vistasp M. Karbhari were presented with the “President’s Award” at CICE 2006 in Miami in December 2006.

Dr. Jian-Fei Chen is a Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, U.K. He has research experience in many areas in structural engineering including the nonlinear and dynamic behaviour of 3D structures, strength and stability of shell structures, behaviour of RC structures under static and explosion loadings, materials handling and particulate solids flow,stresses in silo structures, and behaviour of FRP strengthened concrete structures and thin shells. He has authored or co-authored over 120 refereed publications, including the book “FRP-Strengthened RC Structures” published by Wiley in 2002. Dr. Chen is a member of the IIFC Council and the Secretary to its Executive Committee. He co-chairs the IIFC Working Group on Bond Behaviour of FRP in Structures. He is the recipient of several awards including the Howard Medal 2004 awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Professor Vistasp M. Karbhari is a Professor of Structural Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he leads research groups in the areas of processing and mechanics of composites, durability of polymers and composites, bio-materials, application of composites to infrastructure renewal and multi-threat mitigation, impact/damage mechanics, nondestructive assessment of materials and structures, and structural health monitoring. He is the author/co-author of over 160 papers in archival journals and over 200 papers in refereed conference proceedings. In addition to serving on the IIFC Executive Committee and as the Editor of the IIFC Newsletter, he also serves on the ISHMII Council, and is co-chair of ACI-440L. He is the Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology and is an editorial board member of Composite Structures.