Ayyub and Haddock Picked for President’s Medal

ASCE has honored Bilal Ayyub, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, and Carol Ellinger Haddock, M.ASCE, with the 2019 President’s Medal, chosen by President Robin Kemper.

Ayyub is being recognized for his many efforts to bring adaptive design to the profession to help address a changing climate. He is a professor and director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management at the University of Maryland (College Park). His extensive background in the analysis and development of intelligent systems is well-known, as is his uncertainty modeling and analysis, risk-based analysis and design, simulation, and marine structural reliability. His completed research projects – involving uncertainty modeling and analysis, and mathematical modeling using the theories of probability, statistics and fuzzy sets – have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers and others.

Ayyub has served the engineering community in various capacities through societies that include ASNE (life member), ASCE (fellow), ASME (fellow), SNAME (fellow), IEEE (senior member) and NAFIPS. Recently, he chaired the ASCE Committee on the Reliability of Offshore Structures. He also was the General Chairman of the first, second and third International Symposia on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis. Currently, he is the chairman of the design philosophy panel of the SNAME Ship Structures Committee. He was elected to the Society’s Distinguished Membership in 2017.

He is the author and co-author of about 350 publications in journals, conference proceedings and reports. His publications also include four textbooks. He is a recipient of ASCE’s “Outstanding Research Oriented Paper,” Edmund Friedman Award (1989) and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1997). 

Haddock is being honored for her efforts assisting the Society and the profession in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, testifying before Congress on resilient communities, sharing the lessons learned at Society events and championing reforms to mitigate the effects of future floods in the City of Houston.

Haddock is the director of Houston Public Works. In addition, she is interim deputy director of the Engineering & Construction Division of the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works & Engineering, as well as senior assistant director of the Infrastructure Planning Branch.

She was responsible for long-range planning efforts that led to the development of specific infrastructure projects for programming in future Capital Improvement Plans (CIP). She developed a process and criteria to identify and prioritize infrastructure needs across the water, wastewater, storm drainage and street & traffic control categories, and was responsible for preengineering leading to project development. She serves on the Department steering committee for ReBuild Houston implementation.

The ASCE President’s Medal recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of eminent engineers to the profession, the Society or the public.


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