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James K. Wight receives a Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University (MSU)

Professor James K. Wight receives the Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University (MSU).| Short Read

Professor Wight received BS and MS degrees from MSU in 1969 and 1970, respectively. After obtaining a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1973, he joined the faculty of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wight was a member of MSU’s Professional Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1996 to 2002, and participated in initial design discussions for the new Civil Infrastructure Laboratory. Professor Wight is known nationally and internationally for his work in earthquake resistant design of concrete structures, and has been involved with post-earthquake damage studies following earthquakes in Mexico City, Chile, Armenia, Egypt, California, Japan, and India. At U-M, Professor Wight has received numerous awards for his teaching and service, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter Teacher of the Year Award, the College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award and Teaching Excellence Awards, the State of Michigan Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Chi Epsilon Great Lakes District Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Wight has been an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) since 1973, and was named a fellow in 1984. He is past-president of the ACI Greater Michigan Chapter and a former member of the ACI National Board of Directors. He has received several awards from the American Concrete Institute, including the Alfred E. Lindau Award (2008) for his outstanding technical contributions to the institute, and the Structural Research Award (2003 and 2009) for the best technical paper in the ACI Structural Journal. He was named a fellow of ASCE in 2006, received the University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in February 2008, and was selected as a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering in October 2008.

A simulation of the landing .

Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow's missions. | Medium Read