It is with great sadness we convey that Helmut Krawinkler, the John A. Blume Professor Emeritus of Engineering, passed away on April 16, 2012. Krawinkler underwent surgery for a brain tumor this past February and was undergoing follow up treatment when he died suddenly at his home in Los Altos, CA. Krawinkler joined the Stanford faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental in 1973 and “retired” to emeritus status in 2007. He stayed active in teaching, research and professional practice until his death. He is best known for his research contributions in performance-based earthquake engineering, which were recognized most recently through his election to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor for an engineer in the U.S, and the Housner medal award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He is remembered by friends, colleagues, current and former students for his warm smile, kindness and love of life. Krawinkler is survived by his wife, Michele, his son, Marcus, daughter-in-law, Julie, two grandchildren and his sister and brother-in-law.
A memorial service is being planned for later this spring. Please check back for details.