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Padgett wins IALCCE Junior Award

Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil engineering at Rice University, has received the International Association of Life Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE) Junior Award for her “contributions to life-cycle civil engineering.”  

To be eligible, engineers had to be 42 years old or younger as of Jan. 1, 2016, and be nominated for their achievements within the international community of scholars. Padgett earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007, and joined the Rice faculty that year.  

Her research focuses on the application of probabilistic methods for risk assessment of structures, including life-cycle modeling infrastructure sustainability. It addresses the protection of structures and infrastructure exposed to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes and corrosion.

Recent applications of her research emphasize transportation and energy infrastructure, including bridges, oil storage tanks and nuclear storage casks. She was the founding chair of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) technical committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation.

Padgett serves on editorial boards for ASCE’s Journal of Bridge Engineering, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and Earthquakes and Structures, and participates in several large national or regional research efforts, including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Center of Excellence for Community Disaster Resilience at Colorado State University, the NSF NHERI Cyberinfrastructure “DesignSafe-CI” (University of Texas, Austin), and the Severe Storm Prediction Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice.

Padgett’s award was presented at the International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, held Oct. 16-19 in Delft, The Netherlands.

Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications