Robert J. Frosch, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor of civil engineering and senior associate dean of Facilities & Operations in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Frosch’s research, which focuses on the design and behavior of structural concrete, has resulted in changes to both the ACI Building Code and AASHTO Bridge Design Specifications. In addition, he has conducted pioneering work related to the use of alternate structural reinforcement such as glass and carbon fibers and developed new theories in fundamental areas of cracking, shear and bond strength of concrete.
A fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), he has served on numerous ACI and Joint ACI-ASCE technical committees. He is a trustee of the ACI Foundation, past member of the ACI Board of Direction, and past chair of the ACI Financial Advisory Committee. He is currently editor-in-chief of the ACI Structural Journal, chair of the ACI Board Committee on Codes and Standards Advocacy and Outreach, and a member of the ACI Technical Activities Committee. He also serves on the ACI 318 Structural Concrete Building Code, chairing the Subcommittee on Structural Members.
For his significant contributions to the 2014 Building Code, Frosch received the ACI Committee 318 Structural Concrete Building Code Distinguished Service Award. His excellence in structural concrete research has been recognized by the Concrete Research Council through his receipt of the Arthur J. Boase Award.
His excellence in teaching, research and service has also been recognized by his students and colleagues through numerous awards, among them the Harold Munson Teaching Award, the Edmund M. Burke Outstanding Professor Award, the Roy E. and Myrna Wansik Civil Engineering Research Award and the Ross Judson Buck Outstanding Counselor Award. He is also the recipient of the ACI Young Members Award for Professional Achievement, the PCI Young Educator Achievement Award and the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Frosch received his BSE from Tulane University in 1991 and his MSE and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and 1996, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked with Modjeski and Masters Consulting Engineers on several projects, including the seismic retrofit of the San Mateo Bridge crossing the San Francisco Bay. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana and Louisiana.