ASCE has honored Ahsan Kareem, Ph.D., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, with the 2017 Masanobu Shinozuka Medal for his contributions to the modeling of stochastic wind, waves, and earthquake loads and their effects on buildings, bridges, and offshore structures.
Kareem’s work has made profound impacts in the area of stochastic dynamics and simulation with particular applications to nonlinear offshore systems. In bridge aerodynamics, he has offered a unified model that goes beyond the customary linear approach proposed by previous researchers. He has made similar fundamental contributions leading to the analysis, design, and performance assessment of tall buildings. In the offshore arena, he has developed very efficient time and frequency domain analysis schemes under the combined action of wind, waves, and currents.
Kareem has been very actively involved in the performance evaluation of buildings, as well as in the development of codes and standards. In the arena of thunderstorm winds, he has advanced a new metric called the Gust Front Factor to account for the changes in kinematics and dynamics of the wind field.
The Masanobu Shinozuka Medal was instituted Oct. 8, 2013, to honor Masanobu Shinozuka, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, a pioneer in stochastic systems study and its applications to civil engineering, primarily through mechanical and aerospace engineering.