T.R. Higgins Lecture
SpeedCore and Steel-Concrete Composite Construction: The Best of Both Worlds (1 PDH)
Thursday, October 21, 2021
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM
FREE for Students & Government Employees
$5 Members / $10 Non-Members
All proceeds benefit SEI Futures Fund
AISC’s 2021 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner, Amit H. Varma, PhD, will present "SpeedCore and Steel-Concrete Composite Construction: The Best of Both Worlds". Varma will share what he's learned from more than 12 years of researching composite steel-concrete construction, highlighting experimental behavior, numerical modeling, and design of composite walls and the SpeedCore system for wind loading, seismic loading, and fire loading conditions. Varma has dedicated his academic and professional life to the development of innovative steel-concrete composite structures for the built infrastructure including commercial, industrial, and safety-related nuclear structures. He has conducted fundamental research leading to the development of design provisions for composite members, connections, and overall structural systems subjected to extreme loading conditions including seismic, fire, blast, and impactive loading.
About the Speaker
Varma received his BS in Civil Engineering from IIT-Bombay ('94), MS from Univ. of Oklahoma ('96), and PhD from Lehigh University ('01). He has been an academic for 20 years and at Purdue University for 16 years. Varma’s research products are the basis of (and directly cited in) several AISC specifications (AISC 360, AISC 341, AISC N690) for the design of steel-concrete composite structures for building structures and safety-related nuclear facilities. He has previously received the AISC Milek Faculty Fellowship Award (2004), AISC Special Achievement Award (2017, 2020), and the ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award (2019). Varma is the Chair of AISI/AISC Task Committee 8 on Fire Design, and member of Task Committee 5 on Composite Design. He is also a member of the AISC Committee of Specifications and ASCE/SEI 7 Standard Committee.
About the Lecture
Each year, AISC's T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper or papers, published during the eligibility period, are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The award is named for Theodore R. Higgins, former AISC Director of Engineering and Research, who was widely acclaimed for his many contributions to the advancement of engineering technology related to fabricated structural steel.
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