ASCE has honored Steven L. Kramer, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2018 H. Bolton Seed Medal for his outstanding contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering education and research, especially with respect to applications of performance-based engineering, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and dynamic soil behavior.
Kramer’s research contributions and publications have led to major advances in liquefaction hazard analysis and, in recent times, to the development and implementation of performance-based designs of geotechnical components of infrastructure systems. He has been very actively involved for many years in the work of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, and has lately devoted attention to the Next Generation Liquefaction (NGL) study, aimed at providing and implementing an internationally applicable methodology and database for documenting liquefaction case histories.
He has recognized the terror that the triple integrals underlying performance-based design can strike in the hearts of the staunchest practitioner, and the effect of his response is similar to what Robin McGuire did for seismic hazard when he developed the program EZ-FRISK. Kramer developed WSLiq, a program that takes the mystery out of the assessment process as far as the practitioner is concerned. This program allows the user to perform performance-based liquefaction assessment and evaluate lateral spreading and liquefaction settlements.
The H. Bolton Seed Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and/or practice in geotechnical engineering.