ASCE has honored Bruce R. Ellingwood, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, with the 2017 Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure for significant advancement of and outstanding contributions to the fields of probabilistic risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure, notably in performance-based design, structural safety, reliability, and resilience in relation to abnormal loads and progressive collapse.
Ellingwood’s career and international professional stature are virtually unique in the fields of reliability and risk analysis and management of civil infrastructures. His work has formed established reliability-based methods and criteria for assessing civil infrastructure subject to service loads as well as natural and human-made hazards. His research and career accomplishment based on methods and criteria he has developed include the development of load and resistance factor design (LRFD) methods, target reliabilities for performance, progressive collapse, and response of structures exposed to fire.
He has been involved in the ASCE 7 Standard Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, led groundbreaking research on resilience, and co-led the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. He has also authored or coauthored with his colleagues and/or students over 400 papers and reports. Ellingwood is an SEI Fellow and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.
The Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure recognizes outstanding contributions to one or more of the following fields of research: safety and reliability of engineering systems; life-cycle performance under uncertainty; durability and resilience of engineering systems; safety and performance under natural hazards, and related fields.