Anne Kiremidjian, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been selected to receive the 2018 John Fritz Medal. The award, presented by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES), recognizes one individual each year for their scientific or industrial achievements in the pure or applied sciences. Kiremidjian received the award for her research in the field of probabilistic seismic risk assessment and for her leadership in the classroom, educating the next generation of earthquake engineers.
Kiremidjian’s research focuses on building resilient, sustainable cities that can withstand short- and long-term environmental stressors, including earthquakes. Through the design and implementation of wireless sensor systems, the development of robust algorithms for structural damage diagnosis and several other evaluation techniques, Kiremidjian continues to expand conversations around creating strategic civil infrastructure systems, emphasizing the importance of social, political and economic data in her findings.
Established in 1902, the John Fritz Medal is among the highest honors awarded an engineer. Kiremidjian joins a highly respected cadre of recipients, including Alexander Graham Bell and David Packard. She will be presented with the award at the AAES awards banquet next month in Washington, D.C.