ASCE has honored Giovanni Solari, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, M.ASCE, with the Robert H. Scanlan Medal for his outstanding contributions to wind engineering and their applications in structural mechanics.
Solari has made major impacts in the foundation and development of wind engineering and related fields. He created the WinDyn Research Group on Wind Engineering and Structural Dynamics, at the University of Genoa, which tackles almost all wind science and engineering-related problems – such as those encountered in mechanical, structural, and architectural engineering, aerodynamics, atmospheric physics, meteorology, climatology, geophysics, and wind energy.
He was also the first to analyze statistically the properties of thunderstorm outflows relevant to wind loading on structures via the thunderstorm response spectrum technique, which essentially extended to thunderstorms the response spectrum technique originally used for earthquakes.
The Robert H. Scanlan Medal is awarded to an individual in recognition of distinguished achievement in engineering mechanics based upon scholarly contributions to both theory and practice. The areas of achievement will generally be structural mechanics, wind engineering, and aerodynamics.