IIFC Awards

The IIFC Medal

The IIFC Medal was established by the IIFC Council in 2006 and is decided by the IIFC Honours Committee. This is the Institute’s highest honour and is awarded to an IIFC member who has made distinguished contributions to the field of FRP composites for construction through research or practical applications, or both.

One medal is awarded every two years and the winner is invited to give the IIFC Distinguished Lecture at the next IIFC official CICE conference.

Awards have been made as follows:

  • 2008    Jin-Guang Teng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
  • 2010    Thanasis Triantafillou (University of Patras, Greece)
  • 2012     Lawrence C. Bank (The City College of New York, USA)
  • 2014     Antonio Nanni (University of Miami, USA)
  • 2016    Zhishen Wu (Southeast University, China and Ibaraki University, Japan)
  • 2018    Brahim Benmokrane (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • 2021    Jian-Fei Chen (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
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Distinguished Young Researcher Award

The Distinguished Young Researcher Award was established by the IIFC Council in 2006 and is decided by the IIFC Honours Committee. The Award is given to an IIFC member not older than 40 years of age the year the respective IIFC official CICE conference is held, who has distinguished himself/herself from his/her peers through research contributions in the field of FRP composites for construction.

One award is given every two years and the winner is invited to deliver one of the keynote lectures at the next CICE conference.

Awards have been made as follows:

  • 2008    Renata Kotynia (Technical University of Lodz, Poland)
  • 2010    Scott T. Smith (University of Hong Kong, China)
  • 2012    Laura De Lorenzis (University of Salento, Italy)
  • 2014    Luke Bisby (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • 2016    João Ramôa Correia (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2018    Tao Yu (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • 2021    Libo Yan (Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany)
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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

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President’s Awards

Awards have been made as follows:
  • CICE 2020/2021: Istanbul, turkey

    Dr. Alper İlki is a professor of structural engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His research interests include the seismic behavior of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, as well as seismic retrofitting with FRPs. He is the associate editor or editorial board member of ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction and Bulletin of New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering. He co-edited three international books published by Springer titled Seismic Risk Assessment and Retrofitting, Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Structures, and Advances in Assessment and Modeling of Earthquake Loss. Dr. Ilki is an elected member of the IIFC Council and he chaired the organization committee of the 10th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2020/2021, the official conference of IIFC.

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

    Dr. 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 Fam 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 an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, China.
    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 (APFIS2007: 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.

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IIFC Fellows

The recognition of a small subset of the IIFC membership as Fellows is a distinct honor for “senior members of the Institute who have achieved a position of high responsibility and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field through research or practice, or both.” The IIFC presently honours 39 Fellows elected since 2003.

Active fellows

  • Founding Fellows elected in September 2003
    U. Meier
    A. Nanni
    S.H. Rizkalla
    L. Taerwe
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2004 in Adelaide, Australia (December 2004)
    L.C. Bank
    J.G. Teng
    T. Ueda
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2006 in Miami, USA (December 2006)
    V.M. Karbhari
    K.W. Neale
    Z.S. Wu
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland (July 2008)
    C.E. Bakis
    J.F. Chen
    B. Taljsten
    L.P. Ye
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2010 in Beijing, China (September 2010)
    B. Benmokrane
    J.S. Sim
    T.C. Triantafillou
    X.L. Zhao
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2012 in Roma, Italy (June 2012)
    T. Keller
    R. Seracino
    S. T. Smith
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (August 2014)
    R. Al-Mahaidi
    R. El-Hacha
    A. Fam
    K.A. Harries
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2016 in Hong Kong, China (December 2016)
    M.F. Green
    Y.F. Wu
    E. Ferrier
    R. Kotynia
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2018 in Paris, France (July 2018)
    L. Bisby
    J.G. Dai
    P. Feng
    I. Harik
    J. Myers
  • Fellows elected at CICE 2020/2021 in Istanbul, Turkey (December 2021) (Virtual Conference)
    A. Belarbi
    J.R. Correia
    E. El-Salakawy
    T.R. Gentry
    T. Yu

Retired Fellows

  • M. Erki
    L.C. Hollaway (deceased)
    Z.T. Lu (deceased)
  • A. Machida
  • A.A. Mufti
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IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award

The IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award was established by the IIFC Council in 2016 in association with the Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE) conference. The Award is given to an PhD thesis completed within two years after the nomination by three full IIFC members, the evaluation by the Award Panel, the presentation at a special session at the CICE conference, and the final selection by the IIFC ExCom. The winner will be offered a cash prize of 1000 US dollars and 2-year complementary IIFC membership.

Awards have been made as follows:

  • 2020 “FRP Reinforcement for Prestressed Concrete Applications”, Marco Rossini (Winner)

    “Design Equations for FRP Anchors Exhibiting Fibre Rupture Failure Modes”, Enrique del Rey Castillo (Runner-up)

  • 2018 “Glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) internally reinforced concrete slabs in fire”, Hamzeh Hajiloo (Winner)

    “Seismic performance of FRP-confined RC columns: Stress-strain model and numerical simulation”, Guan Lin (Runner-up)

  • 2016 “Design and characterization of natural flax fibre reinforced polymer tube encased coir fibre reinforced concrete composite structure”, Libo Yan (Winner)

    “Lateral-torsional buckling resistance of pultruded fibre reinforced polymer shapes”, Tien-Thuy Nguy (Runner-up)

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Best Paper Awards

Best paper awards are presented to outstanding paper submissions at Official IIFC conferences. The awards are decided upon by an Awards Committee which comprises of IIFC Executive Committee and IIFC Council members.
  • APFIS 2017: Singapore

    Best Paper – FRP Strengthening of Existing Structures
    Moment-Curvature Based Modelling of FRP-Strengthened RC Members Anchored with FRP Anchors, by S.T. Smith, H. A. Rasheed and S. J. Kim

    Best  Paper – New Construction Application
    Steel-Free Hybrid Reinforcing Bars for Concrete Structures, by J.G. Teng, B. Zhang, S.S. Zhang, B. Fu

  • CICE 2016: Hong Kong, China

    Best Paper – FRP Strengthening of Existing Structures
    Direct Measurement of Traction‐Separation Law of Concrete/Epoxy Interfaces under Mode‐I Loading, by S. Amidi and J. Wang

    Best Paper – Use of FRP in New Construction
    Modular Coreless Filament Winding for Lightweight Systems in Architecture, by J. Knippers, V. Koslowski, J. Solly and T. Fildhuth

  • APFIS 2015 / FRPRCS-12: Nanjing, China

    Best Paper – FRP Strengthening of Existing Structures
    Small-Diameter CFRP Strands for Strengthening Steel Bridge Girder, by H. Kazem, S. Rizkalla, R. Seracino and A. Kobayashi

    Best Paper – FRP Strengthening of Existing Structures
    Shear Strengthening of Cracked RC Structures under Service Loading Condition-A Case Study, by T. Imjai and M. Guadagnini

  • CICE 2014: Vancouver, Canada

    Best  Paper – Repair  Application
    Cyclic Interface Behavior of External Composite Reinforcements: A Coupled Damage-Plasticity Model, by Pietra Carrara and Laura DeLorenzis

    Best  Paper – New Construction Application
    Long Term Bending Creep Behaviour of Thin-Walled CFRP Pretensioned High Strength Spun Concrete Poles under Sustained Load, by Giovanni P. Terrasi and Urs Meier

    Best Paper – Industry/Field Applications and Case Studies
    Load Test Evaluation of FRP-Strengthened Structures, by Nestor Galati and Tarek Alkhrdaji

  • APFIS 2013: Melbourne, Australia

    Shear Behavior of Prestressed Decked Bulb T Beams Reinforced with CFCC Stirrups, by Nabil F. Grace, Kenichi Ushijima, Soubhagya K. Rout and Mena Bebawy
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Photo Competitions

Photo Competition 2018

Best Photo Winners

The rhythm“, Vu Linh, Tokyo Metropolitan University (FRP in an Engineering Project)


Crack opening in a highly translucent GFRP fracture specimen“, Aida Cameselle-Molares, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (FRP in a Research Project)

Public Choice Awards

Winner: “The rhythm“, Vu Linh, Tokyo Metropolitan University (FRP in an Engineering Project)

Second: “Crack opening in a highly translucent GFRP fracture specimen“, Aida Cameselle-Molares, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (FRP in a Research Project)

Third: “CFRP Strengthening of an Australian Metallic Bridge“, Elyas Ghafoori, Ardalan Hosseini, Riadh Al-Mahaidi, Xiao-ling Zhao, Masoud Motavalli, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology


Photo Competition 2012

Seismic Strengthening of 140 m high Concrete Chimney using FRP”, Structural Technologies Llc, Strengthening Division, USA (FRP in an Engineering Project)

Flexural Test of a Composite Glass FRP Marine Pile“, Michael Forsyth and Sami Rizkalla, North Carolina State University (FRP in a Research Study)


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