The award has been established in honor of the late Lynn S. Beedle, an international authority on stability and the development of code criteria for steel and composite structures. He was a leader and outstanding contributor to the work of the Structural Stability Research Council for a period of more than 50 years, establishing the council as the pre-eminent organization worldwide in the area of structural stability. Through Lynn Beedle’s dedicated work and leadership in the national and international arenas, the structural engineering profession has seen advanced concepts developed into practical engineering tools. He consistently and successfully endeavored to advance collaboration between researchers, engineers and code writers worldwide.
Recipients of the Lynn S. Beedle Award must meet the following criteria:
- Long time member of SSRC.
- A worldwide leading stability researcher or designer of structures with significant stability issues.
- A leader in fostering cooperation between professionals worldwide.
- Significant contributions to national and international design code development.
- The SSRC Executive Committee will serve as the award committee. The award may be presented as frequently as annually. An individual can only receive the award once.
The award will be presented at the SSRC
Annual Stability Conference. It consists of a framed certificate,
signed by the SSRC Chair and Vice Chair.
Professor Donald R. Sherman
Presented April 4, 2008
Donald R. Sherman is Professor Emeritus a the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he taught Structural Engineering and Steel Design for thirty-one years.
He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Case Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Illinois. The primary focus of Dr. Sherman's research has been the experimental testing of HSS members and framing connections to HSS columns. In 1996 AISC awarded him the Theodore R. Higgins Lectureship Award for his work in Designing with Structural Tubing. He has also received Lifetime Achievement awards from SSRC and AISC.
Dr. Sherman is past Chair
of SSRC and currently serves on its Executive Committee as Treasurer. He a past Chair of the ASCE Committee on Metals and has chaired AISC Task Committees on tubular members. He has served on the AISC Specification Subcommittee on Compression Members.
Beedle Award Winners