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AISC Honors Kulicki ’s Life in Bridges

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E, S.E., one of the foremost bridge designers of his generation, will receive the prestigious J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award for his lifetime contributions to steel bridge analysis and design.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) announced Tuesday (Nov. 22) that it had chosen Kulicki, chairman and CEO of bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters, Mechanicsburg, PA, for the honor.

 John M. Kulicki
Dr. John M. Kulicki “has advanced the state of the art in every aspect of steel bridge design,” an expert said.

AISC presents the award on a selective basis to pre-eminent engineers and architects who have made an outstanding contribution to the structural steel industry through their design work. Kulicki will be honored in April at 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Dallas.

Advancing the State of the Art

“John’s work has advanced the state of the art in every aspect of steel bridge design,” said Bill McEleney, director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA).

“Aside from his signature achievement of leading the AASHTO LRFD bridge code development team, the diversity of steel bridge types he has designed across the country is a clear indication of the broad range of his design acumen.

“His willingness to share his expertise has benefited the bridge design community today and will continue to inform steel bridge designers of the future.”

40 Years of Notable Structures

With more than 40 years of experience, Kulicki is considered one of the nation’s leading bridge designers. He joined Modjeski and Masters in 1974 and has led analysis and design work for numerous projects involving suspension, cable-stayed, long-span truss, arch and girder bridges.

He supervised the design of such notable structures as the long-span Second Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron, MI, and Point Edward, Ontario—a project that earned him a 1997 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award and a Prize Bridge Award by NSBA in 2000.

At Modjeski and Masters, he continues to manage design projects, develop design criteria, and supervise all phases of design.

Teacher, Author, Researcher

A graduate of Lafayette College and Lehigh University, Kulicki's experience also includes teaching, research, and code development. He has authored more than 80 technical papers and presentations and has contributed to several engineering handbooks, as well as to AASHTO's Guide Specifications for Load Factor Design of Trusses, for which he was named one of ENR’s “Men Who Made Marks” in 1984.

He also assembled and led a 50-member team of experts to develop the “LRFD Bridge Design Specification,” which AASHTO adopted in 1993. At the 1996 International Bridge Conference, he received the George S. Richardson Medal for leading the development and implementation of the LRFD Specifications.

Other Awards

Throughout his career, Kulicki has earned many prominent awards, including:

• 2002 “Engineer of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers;

• 2001 “Special Citation” from NSBA for his contributions to bridge engineering;

• 2002 AISC Lifetime Achievement Award;

• National Academy of Engineering Class of 2006;

• 2009 AISI Richard S. Fountain Bridge Task Force Award;

• 2010 IBC John A. Roebling Medal for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering; and

• 2010 Walter P. Moore Award by ASCE for outstanding achievement in bridge engineering.

Past Kimbrough Award winners include Lawrence Griffis, Walter P Moore, Houston (2009); James M. Fisher, Computerized Structural Design, Milwaukee, WI (2006); and Leslie E. Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York (2001).

Chicago-based AISC is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Steel Construction; Awards and honors; Bridges; Steel

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