Lynch Wins ASCE’s George W. Housner Structural Control & Monitoring Medal

5/12/24 Pratt School of Engineering

Award recognizes Dean Jerome Lynch’s pioneering work in developing intelligent sensing systems to monitor the structural health of engineered structures

Jerome Lynch
Lynch Wins ASCE’s George W. Housner Structural Control & Monitoring Medal

Jerome P. Lynch, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, has been a awarded the George W. Housner Structural Control & Monitoring Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The award is named for George W. Housner, a professor at the California Institute of Technology who is known for pioneering contributions to the field of structural control and monitoring of civil infrastructure systems. It has been given each year since its inception in 2011 in recognition of outstanding research contributions to the broad field of structural control and health monitoring.

Jerome Lynch (Jerry Lynch) Vinik Dean of Engineering

Lynch, who is also the Fitzpatrick Family University Distinguished Professor of Engineering, was cited for his “advances in wireless sensing and information systems for intelligent infrastructure including wireless sensor networks, distributed computing and cyber-physical systems to perform structural health assessment with applications to real-world civil engineered structures.” 

He is best known for his pioneering work in structural health monitoring that allows the performance and health of civil infrastructure systems to be assessed based on monitoring data to improve system safety and resilience. He is credited with accelerating the advancement of wireless structural health monitoring systems for civil infrastructure through his pioneering work in systems installed on full-scale operational structures like long- and short-span highway bridges.   To further elevate the impact of his research, he co-founded and directed the Urban Collaboratory at the University of Michigan prior to joining Duke, an interdisciplinary research institute that partners with community stakeholders to define community-based challenges and to develop sustainable solutions combining smart city technologies and socially-engaged design methods.

Lynch is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Engineering Mechanics Institute, and he has also received a 2005 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2009 NSF CAREER Award, 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2012 ASCE Leonardo da Vinci Award and 2014 ASCE Huber Award.

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