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Video: Zdeněk P. Bažant, 2012 Honorary Membership

Zdenek P. Bažant is an internationally-recognized expert in solid mechanics and structures. His size effect law is widely used in determining safety factors for large structures made of concrete and other composite materials. His models for materials behavior helps engineers design ships, aircraft, bridges, highways and nuclear containment structures. His work also includes a detailed analysis of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

Dr. Bažant is a professor of civil and mechanical engineering and materials science at Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague. His undergraduate degree is in civil engineering, from Czech Technical University in Prague. Dr. Bažant is the author of six books and numerous journal articles.

Dr. Bažant comes from a long line of engineers. He is the fifth generation engineer in his family.

Read more about the 2012 Recipients of ASME Honors and Awards

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