Pol D. Spanos, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, an expert in the development of techniques for predicting the dynamics and reliability of constructed facilities subject to loads induced by earthquakes, ocean waves, and winds, has been honored by ASCE for his contributions as an outstanding leader in the engineering profession by being named to the 2015 Class of Distinguished Members.
Spanos has made significant contributions to the field of engineering mechanics. Of special importance, the load simulation algorithms and the linearization of nonlinear structures techniques that he advanced have been incorporated into tool designs for commercial construction. The spectral stochastic finite element method he co-developed is the predominant tool for uncertainty quantification adopted by many federal laboratories and agencies.
Spanos currently serves as the Lewis B. Ryon Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and is also professor of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. He has published more than 350 technical papers and authored or edited more than 20 books and conference volumes. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, as well as the editor of the Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. He has served as the chair of the theses of more than 55 Ph.D. and 75 master of science degree candidates.
Spanos earned his 5-year diploma from the National Technical University, Greece, and an MS and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the ASCE, the American Academy of Mechanics, and the American Friends of the Alexander von Houmboldt Foundation, and an Honorary/Distinguished Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In addition to ASCE, Spanos is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability. He is a member of NAE, AAAS and several other academies worldwide.