Robert K. Reitherman is the recipient of the Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award for compiling and authoring the outstanding book Earthquakes and Engineers – An International History (ASCE Press, 2012), which provides an extremely comprehensive coverage of the seismology and earthquake engineering fields and the notables involved, from ancient times to the present. Executive director of CUREE (Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering), an association of two dozen universities with civil engineering programs devoted to earthquake engineering, Earthquakes and Engineers – An International History is an outstanding and comprehensive treatment of seismology and earthquake engineering, and includes information about the amazing worldwide group of seismologists and engineers who developed and refined this highly complex field, much of which can be included under the civil engineering banner. The depth and duration of the author’s significant expertise in the history of this field can be seen in his employment history and in an extensive list of his authored and co-authored books, monographs, papers, articles, lectures and teaching, oral histories, review panels, investigation projects, and earthquake investigations. The book is an excellent product that will no doubt become the preferred source of information about and understanding of the worldwide history of seismology, earthquake engineering, and the people involved. Author a number of papers and monographs on historical topics in the field, Reitherman directs the oral history program for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He has also consulted, written, or reviewed on the topics of architectural aspects of seismic design, U.S. federal government earthquake policies, unreinforced masonry building earthquake vulnerability, and nonstructural earthquake damage. In addition, Reitherman has directed several projects aimed at informing the general public about civil engineering, most recently as project director of the Golden Gate Bridge Permanent Outdoor Exhibition.
Reitherman to be Honored with ASCE’s Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award
May 1, 2014