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|University of Hawaiʻi Civil Engineering Professor Ian Robertson was recently named to Engineering News-Record’s list of “Top 25 Newsmakers in 2016” for his “crucial contributions to the campaign that resulted in the 2016 adoption of the world’s first standards for tsunami-resistant design.”
ENR chose Professor Robertson for a number of reasons.
He was a significant contributor to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Tsunami Loads and Effects Committee’s report on the performance of structures impacted by Japan’s 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, which proved critical in modeling tsunami forces.
He provided guidance during the commenting and balloting segment of the International Code Council’s adoption process, weighing heavily on their decision to adopt the new standards.
He played a key role in developing studies that demonstrated the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the new standards on buildings in tsunami hazard zones of five western U.S. states.
While playing a leading role in this effort-intensive campaign, he still managed to provide outreach to the international engineering community with webinars, lectures, and presentations at overseas conferences.
The article can be seen (here)