Awards

  • 2016 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, for best paper in an ASCE journal describing a notable achievement in structural engineering research, with special consideration for how the research can be used.
  • 2016 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Short Visit Fellowship
  • 2016 & 2015 University of Canterbury Quake Center, Visiting Professor Fellowship
  • 2015 SEAS Senior Researcher of the Year Award, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo (1st recipient of this award established by SEAS in 2015).
  • 2013, Best Second Novel, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • 2012 AISC T.R. Higgins Award, for outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel.  Higgins Lecture available here (introduction starts 9:15 min from beginning of webcast; presentation starts 12:45 min from the beginning).
  • 2011 ASCE George Winter Award (Award Citation: “For contributions to structural engineering and seismic hazard mitigation and contributions to creative fictional literature which succeed in telling the hazard mitigation story to a broader audience”)
  • 2010 Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Grand Prize, 2nd Place, Fiction, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • 1st Place, Regional Fiction, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • 2007 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2007 Beyer Distinguished Lecture Award, University of Houston
  • 2007 University at Buffalo Sustained Achievement Award
  • 2006 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards in the in the category “Study/Research/ Guidelines”, awarded by the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California, for the “Steel Plate Shear Walls AISC Design Guide” by Sabelli, R., and Bruneau, M.
  • 2005 J. James Croes Medal of the ASCE (awarded to authors of the paper, among all journals published by ASCE, that is judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to engineering science).
  • Top 100 Grantees/Principal Investigators Award/Recognition, University at Buffalo, 2002-2008.
  • Honorable Mention (2nd place) for Gzowski Medal, for best paper in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering in 1996.
  • Pratley Award for best paper in bridge engineering in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering in 1996.
  • Nominated by University of Ottawa for 1997 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) E.W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.
  • First recipient of University of Ottawa Young Researcher Award, 1996, awarded to best young researcher at the University of Ottawa.
  • 1996 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research, awarded to best researcher of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Engineering.
  • Young Researcher Award 1996, awarded (for first time in 1996) to best young researcher at the University of Ottawa.
  • Gzowski Medal, for best paper in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering in 1994.
  • Japanese Society for Promotion of Sciences/Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Bilateral Exchange Program - funding a 6 month research visit to Japan, 1995 (an equivalent award by the Japan Sciences Technology Fund had to be declined since both awards could not be held concurrently).
  • CSCE/JSCE Japan Travel Grant, to visit engineering firms and research institutes, 1994.
  • Technology Inflow Program Award, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council of Canada, 1988.
  • Industrial Research Fellowship - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1987-90.
  • 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1983-87.
  • Giar Award - Sigma-Xi Scientific Society, 1986.
  • W.H. & I.S. Popert Research Fellowship - U.C. Berkeley, 1985 & 1987.
  • Prix d'Excellence de l'Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec - Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, 1983.