Gardoni receives Alfredo Ang Award from ASCE

7/21/2021 1:04:41 PM

Paolo Gardoni, left, with Armen Der Kiureghian and Alfredo Ang.
Paolo Gardoni, left, with Armen Der Kiureghian and Alfredo Ang.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded professor Paolo Gardoni the 2021 Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure for his contributions to risk, reliability and resilience analysis, and his leadership in these fields. The prestigious award is given to an individual who has made significant technical or technological contributions to the field of risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure.

The award was established to honor Alfredo H.S. Ang, the developer of practical and effective methods of risk and reliability approaches to engineering safety-and-design structural criteria formulation. Ang earned his M.S. (1957) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees from CEE at Illinois, and served on the CEE at Illinois faculty from 1959 until his retirement in 1988.

“It is a huge honor for me to receive this award established to honor Professor Alfredo Ang,” Gardoni said. “What makes it even more special is the fact that Professor Ang was a distinguished faculty in our Department and the advisor of my advisor, Professor Armen Der Kiureghian. Professor Ang is one of the fathers of the field of risk and reliability analysis, and already had a profound influence on my career since I hold the Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor endowed position.

“This award is an amazing recognition of the work that my research group has done over many years. I am very thankful to all the students, post-docs and visiting scholars who contributed to this recognition.”

Gardoni has been on the CEE at Illinois faculty since 2012, where – in addition to holding the Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor endowed position – he is Director of the MAE Center, and an Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research in the University of Illinois Gies College of Business. Gardoni is the author of over 170 refereed journal papers, 28 book chapters and 8 edited volumes, and has delivered over 60 invited, plenary or keynote lectures. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety published by Elsevier.