El Damatty honoured by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Western Engineering News | June 8, 2016

A professor’s exceptional contributions to the field of civil engineering has earned him recognition by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).

Ashraf El Damatty, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the 2016 recipient of the CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal. The CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal is presented annually to a civil engineer who has made exceptional contributions to engineering mechanics research and/or practice in Canada.

Professor El Damatty is an expert in structural engineering with an emphasis on wind-related structural problems. Since joining Western University in 1996, El Damatty has had an exceptional career in teaching, research and consulting. He has published more than 150 articles on structural engineering and has been a consultant for many private and government organizations in Canada, and internationally.

Each year, the CSCE presents its fellowships and awards at the CSCE Annual Conference Awards Banquet. This year, the conference was held in London, Ontario from June 1-4 at the London Convention Centre.

El Damatty felt honoured and fortunate to receive his award in his hometown, surrounded by his colleagues and students. “Receiving the 2016 Horst Leipholz Medal has been a great honour,” he said. “This award is recognition from my peers for the contributions my research group has made towards the field of civil engineering, and structural mechanics in particular, throughout the past 20 years.”

The conference theme of Resilient Infrastructure was explored through almost 450 technical presentations, four keynote speeches, and the designation of two local examples of resilient infrastructure — the Blackfriars Bridge and the Egerton Street Sewer — as National Civil Engineering Historic Sites.

More than 590 registrants — including engineers and engineering students — gathered to learn about new developments in the field of civil engineering. The efforts of the Local Organizing and Technical Committees, which consisted primarily of volunteers from Western University, Fanshawe College, the City of London, the West Region Ministry of Transportation Office, and local consulting firms were greatly appreciated by all who attended.