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Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM.
The American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) Steel Bridge Task Force and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have named Ronald D. Medlock, P.E., as the recipient of the 2013 Richard S. Fountain Award. Medlock is vice president of technical services at High Steel Structures, Inc. (an AISC member and AISC certified fabricator/advanced certified erector)
Named for the founder of the Steel Bridge Task Force, the Richard S. Fountain Award recognizes leadership in steel bridge research and outstanding efforts to advance AASHTO specifications. Medlock received the award at the meeting of the Steel Bridge Task Force earlier this month in Baltimore. The award was presented by Alex Wilson, chairman of SMDI’s Steel Bridge Task Force and manager of customer technical services for ArcelorMittal USA (an AISC member); and Gregory R. Perfetti, chairman of the AASHTO T-14 Steel Bridge Structures Committee and State Bridge Design Engineer, Structure Design Unit, North Carolina Department of Transportation.
“We are pleased to present this award to Ronnie Medlock, who has made many outstanding contributions to the steel bridge industry through his fabrication and welding-related code activities,” said Wilson. “He co-founded and leads the AASHTO/National Steel Bridge Alliance Collaboration, a group of steel bridge professionals who have published standards that make it easier for bridge owners, designers and engineers to choose steel for cost-effective bridge design solutions.”
The AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration has published more than a dozen standards related to steel bridge detailing, shop drawing review, fabrication, inspection, coatings, bearings, erection and analysis.
As vice president of technical services at High Steel, Medlock is responsible for steel bridge fabrication engineering and quality control and leads advances in technology, particularly with respect to welding and modeling. Before joining the company in 2006, he worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), where he was responsible for steel bridge fabrication inspection. At TxDOT, he initiated the Texas Quality Council, a multi-disciplined group that established best practices for design, fabrication and erection of steel bridges in Texas. He also participated in the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group Panel on accelerated bridge construction. He is active in the following organizations and serves in committee leadership positions for several: NSBA, the AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, American Welding Society, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the Transportation Research Board. In 2010, Medlock was recognized with a Special Achievement Award by AISC.
Photo (click on image to enlarge): Ronald D. Medlock, P.E. (third from left), receives the 2013 Richard S. Fountain Award from Gregory R. Perfetti (far left), Professor Dennis Mertz from the University of Delaware (second from left), and Alex D. Wilson. Photo by Steel Market Development Institute.