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William Baker Wins 2013 T.R. Higgins Award
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM.

bill-baker_headshot_300.jpgWilliam F. Baker, P.E., S.E., structural engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in Chicago, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. Baker is being honored for co-authoring papers on Stability Design of the Bow String Trusses of the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Applications of Structural Optimization in Architectural Design, which were published in the proceedings of the combined 2012 ASCE Structures Congress and 20th Analysis and Computation Specialty Conference.


Presented annually by AISC, the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award 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 $15,000 cash prize, will be presented at the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, April 17-19.


“Baker is a visionary engineer who can explain complex concepts in simple terms,” said Charles Carter, P.E., S.E., Ph.D., AISC vice president and chief structural engineer. “His recent work is groundbreaking in its application of classical methods to make computer solutions more practical and effective.”


Visit AISC’s press release at to learn more about Baker’s industry contributions. For more information about the T.R. Higgins Award, visit

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