Jamie E. Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
ASCE awards the Huber Prize to members with notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. It is considered the highest level mid-career research prize in the field, and is awarded annually to only a few researchers across all civil engineering disciplines.
In its citation, ASCE commended Padgett for her “significant contributions in advancing multi-hazard assessment of bridge infrastructure, structural risk and lifecycle assessment.” The selection committee singled out her recent ongoing work on risk assessment of industrial infrastructure.
Padgett joined the Rice faculty in 2007. She is well known for her research on infrastructure reliability in the face of natural hazards and extreme events. Recent applications of her research focus on transportation and energy infrastructure, including bridges, oil storage tanks and nuclear storage casks.
She was the founding chair of the ASCE’s technical committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation, and serves on several professional technical committees and councils within ASCE, the Structural Engineering Institute and the Transportation Research Board.
In March, Padgett was co-recipient of the third annual Teaching and Research Excellence Award presented by the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice. Last year she was awarded the 2016 International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering Junior Award for “contributions to life-cycle analysis of structures”.
The Huber Prize comes with a certificate and a cash prize, and will be presented during the ASCE’s 2017 Annual Convention to be held Oct. 8-11 in New Orleans.