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K-State Today

November 14, 2023

Rosowsky honored with civil engineering award

Submitted by Erin Pennington

David Rosowsky receives the 2023 Ernest. E. Howard Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, has selected David Rosowsky, vice president for research at Kansas State University, to receive the 2023 Ernest E. Howard Award for his contributions to risk-informed design of wood structures and his influence on a generation of engineering students.

"Being recognized by your professional peers is among the highest honors one can receive," Rosowsky said. "ASCE has been part of my professional life for 40 years, dating back to my undergraduate years. I am grateful to have been selected by my professional society for this recognition, and I'm humbled to join the previous recipients of the Ernest E. Howard Award."

The award is given to a member of the society who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of structural engineering through research, planning, design or construction.

"I'm thrilled, but in no way surprised, to learn David received this award for his significant contributions to the advancement of structural engineering," said Christopher Jones, interim department head of civil engineering. "He serves as an outstanding representative for civil engineering and for K-State."

Since 1990, Rosowsky has conducted research in the areas of structural reliability, performance of wood structural systems, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design. His current research addresses behavior of the built environment subject to natural hazards; modeling and analysis of load effects on buildings and other structures with particular emphasis on complex environmental phenomena and performance-based engineering for design; post-disaster condition assessment; and loss estimation studies. He is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on reliability-based design of engineered wood structures and systems.

Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 140 papers appearing in conference proceedings. A recognized expert in the field of structural reliability, he has been invited to present his research work around the world including invited lecturers in France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has supervised more than 20 master's and doctoral students and holds the rank of fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute.