Ian Flood, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Computing in Civil Engineering Award for extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application, and Society service.
Holland professor and coordinator of the Ph.D. Program at the Rinker School of Building Construction in the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida, Flood has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of computing in civil engineering through his research, service to publications, and leadership within ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT).
Flood has acted as chair/co-chair of 3 ASCE conferences on computing, including the 2003 Nashville Symposium, which is considered to be a milestone in determining the state-of-the-art and future direction of computing in civil engineering. An ardent promoter of cutting-edge research in computing, he has edited 2 ASCE monographs, a special issue of ASCE’s Journal of Computing, and 3 ASCE conference proceedings. Within ASCE publications alone, he has authored more than 50 refereed papers.
In addition, Flood has played a leading role in promoting computing in civil engineering as chair of three TCCIT committees including 2 terms as chair of the council’s Executive Committee.
Professionally, Flood has pioneered advances in computing in engineering through his own research. In particular, he has been a key player in developing the potential of advanced computer-based empirical modeling techniques for solving complex engineering problems. This includes developing a novel method for simulating physical processes (such as blast wave propagation through built environments) that runs orders of magnitude faster than conventional simulation techniques.