Introduction of IAWE President (2015-2019)

Ahsan Kareem is the Robert M. Moran Professor of engineering and the Director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on computer models and laboratory and full-scale experiments to study the dynamic effects of environmental loads under winds, waves, and earthquakes to understand and predict the impact of natural hazards on the constructed environment and to develop mitigation strategies that enhance the performance and resilience of structures. He is the elected President of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) and has received numerous honors including the US Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Theodore von Karman, James Croes, Robert H. Scanlan and Jack E. Cermak Medals and State-of-the-Art Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Alan G. Davenport Medal from IAWE for contributions to the dynamics of structures. Dr. Kareem was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2009 and a Distinguished Member of ASCE. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Southwest Jioatong University. In 2011, he was inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame for offering innovation, direction and lasting impact on the design, construction or installation of offshore infrastructure. He received the International Association of Structural Safety and Reliability Distinguished Research Award and delivered 2013 Scruton Lecturer at the Institute of Civil Engineers England. He has served as Chair of the ASCE’s Engineering Mechanics Institute and Structural Engineering Institute’s Technical Activities and has co-authored  Nonlinear Bluff-Body Aerodynamics: Analysis, Modeling and Applicationsand co-edited, Advanced Structural Wind Engineering.