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 Theodore V. Galambos, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Presented: Friday, April 26, 2002
The winner of the inaugural Lynn S. Beedle Award was Professor T. V. Galambos. A long-time member and former Chairman of SSRC, Ted Galambos has been a worldwide leader in structural engineering research and education for more than 40 years. With degrees from the University of North Dakota and Lehigh University, his academic career includes professorships at Lehigh University, Washington University and University of Minnesota. He has published a very large number of papers and books, key among which are the 4th and 5th editions of the SSRC Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures. Among many honors, he has received the Higgins Award and the Geerhard Haaijer Award of AISC, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Member of ASCE. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Technical University of Budapest, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota.