Glenn R. Bell, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award for service to the Society through exemplary practice of engineering, enhancement of professional practice through leadership and professional societies, fostering of professional development through mentoring, and leadership of one of the country’s most prominent consulting engineering firms. CEO of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH), Bell has been with the firm since 1975, starting as a design structural engineer. Under his guidance, SGH has grown from 140 to over 440 employees, from 2 offices to 5, and is frequently recognized as one of the best structural engineering firms in the U.S. to work for. As a structural engineer, Bell has had responsibility for major design work on projects such as Spaceship Earth, the geodesic sphere at Walt Disney World Epcot Center, and the Aga Khan Medical Complex in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition, he has led major structural failure investigations, including the 1981 collapse of the Hyatt Regency skywalks in Kansas City, Missouri, and was advisor to the SGH team that investigated the 9/11 World Trade Center 1 and 2 tower collapses for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Co-chair of ASCE’s 2014 Structures Congress 2014, he helped to found the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering. Active in seismic code development, masonry design standards, and various aspects of professional practice, Bell has published over 40 papers/book chapters, has won numerous awards for his contributions, and is a frequent guest lecturer.
ASCE’s Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award to Be Presented to Bell
May 22, 2014