ASCE has honored Xilin Lu, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Nathan M. Newmark Medal for his pioneering research in the development of dynamic testing, structural seismic design, and response control for tall buildings, as well as for his commitment to education and professional service.
Lu is an outstanding researcher and one of the world’s leading authorities in earthquake engineering. He was one of the first in China to embrace new technologies for earthquake hazard mitigation. Through shaking table tests and theoretical analysis, his research results and devices have been successfully applied in many projects, including the Shanghai Expo Theme Building, Shanghai Shimao International Plaza Building, and the National School Building Safety projects after the Wenchuan Earthquake.
He created the seismic analysis, performance evaluation, and design theory of complex tall buildings that formed the foundation of China’s associated national codes and standards. He has reviewed the design of over 50 complex super-tall buildings in 12 cities in China.
Lu also invented new technologies to enable the relocation of major structures; these technologies were applied to the relocation of the historic Shanghai Concert Hall.
The Nathan M. Newmark Medal is bestowed upon a member of the Society who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering, these contributions having been made in the form of papers or other written presentations.