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Donald W. White Wins 2009 T.R. Higgins Award
Posted by MSC on December 3, 2008 at 4:57 PM.

Donald W. White, Ph.D., a professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the recipient of AISC’s 2009 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. White is being honored for his papers on stability analysis and design and the flexural provisions of the 2005 AISC Specification for Steel Buildings published in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and AISC’s Engineering Journal.


The T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper(s) are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented at the 2009 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Phoenix in April.


“Don’s work forms the foundation of many of the new provisions in the 2005 AISC Specification,” commented Charles J. Carter, S.E., P.E., AISC vice president and chief structural engineer. “He’s a particularly productive researcher, author, and lecturer. We’re fortunate to have him as a contributor to the advancement of fabricated structural steel and as a member of the Committee on Specifications. He’s an outstanding selection as the T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner.”


White has been a member of the Georgia Tech faculty since 1997. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he served on the faculty at the Purdue University School of Civil Engineering from 1987 to 1996. He received his doctorate in Structural Engineering from Cornell University in 1988 and attended North Carolina State University for graduate school.


He’s a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications as well as various other AISC technical committees. He’s also a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Bridge Research Task Force and the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC). In addition to his contributions to the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, he served as a major contributor to the 2004 update of the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design Specification provisions for curved and straight steel bridge design.


White received the 2005 Special Achievement Award from AISC for his research on design criteria for steel and composite steel-concrete members in bridge and building construction, and the 2006 Shortridge Hardestey Award from ASCE for his research on advanced frame stability concepts and practical design formulations. He’s an associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Constructional Steel Research.


To view a few recent samples of White’s writing, visit

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