Roberto Leon, the David H. Burrows Professor in Construction Engineering, is the recipient of this years’ Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) President’s Award. This award may be given annually at the discretion of the President of the Structural Engineering Institute and is meant to recognize exemplary contributions to the success of SEI. The award was presented at the Opening Plenary Luncheon of the Structures Congress in Chicago in March.
In addition, Leon was a part of the inaugural class of SEI Fellows, a group of about 60 leaders of SEI. The grade of Fellow is also meant to recognize members that have contributed over the years to the success of SEI.
Leon is a nationally and internationally recognized faculty member for his research, teaching, and service. He is acknowledged to be one of the leading researchers in the field of steel-concrete composite structures and earthquake engineering. His work has affected numerous national and international design codes.
He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, books, and book chapters, and he has directed or co-directed nearly $7 million of external research funding at Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota. In addition, he has been part of large, multidisciplinary teams that have collectively conducted over $120 million in research.
Leon received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s degree in structural engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.