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Dr. Kent Harries named co-recipient of the 2012 ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award

PITTSBURGH  (May 4, 2012) ...  Kent Harries, PhD., FACI, P.Eng. , Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was named a co-recipient of the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)  State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award

Dr. Harries and his coauthors were recognized for the 2010 paper  "Seismic Design of Hybrid Coupled Wall Systems - State of the Art,"  ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering Vol. 36, No. 7. pp 755-769. Co-authors include Sherif El-Tawil, Ph.D., P.E., University of Michigan; Patrick J. Fortney, Ph.D., Chief Engineer, Cives Steel Company (Dayton, OH); Bahram M. Shahrooz, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; and Yahya Kurama, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.

The ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award recognizes the individual, individuals or committee that has prepared, for the benefit of the profession, the most outstanding paper which reviews and interprets state-of-the-art scientific and technical information. Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

About the Swanson School of Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the United States. The Swanson School has excelled in basic and applied research during the past decade and is on the forefront of 21st-century technology, including energy systems, bioengineering, microsystems and nanosystems, computational modeling, and advanced materials development. Approximately 120 faculty members serve more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students in six departments, including bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering and materials science. For the two most-recently reported consecutive years, 2009 and 2010, the Swanson School has had the second-highest percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in North America, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.