Lifetime Achievement for Prof. DiMaggio

Frank DiMaggio, the Carleton Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, has won a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The Raymond D. Mindlin Medal will be presented at next month’s ASCE conference to DiMaggio, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE. The award honors his lifetime contributions in research, teaching and consulting in the disciplines of applied solid mechanics, including fluid-structure interaction, shock and vibration effects on submerged structures, and constitutive modeling of soils.
“I am pleased and honored to receive this recognition,” DiMaggio says, reflecting on his long career, which includes winning Columbia’s Great Teacher Award in 1970. The Society of Columbia Graduates presents the award annually to one faculty member from Columbia College and one from Columbia Engineering.
“I think my two contributions were the development of useful analytical methods for determining the dynamic response of submerged structures,” DiMaggio says, “and the introduction (with Dr. Ivan Sandler) of the constitutive model for soils referred to as the CAP model.”
DiMaggio pioneered the development of the CAP model for inelastic constitutive behavior of soils under blast loading. He has made major contributions in the development and application of efficient and practical substructuring techniques for the transient response of shells, and he has developed practical methods for analyzing surface ships that are subjected to under-water explosions.
DiMaggio has also been instrumental in the development of widely-used techniques in acoustic approximations that are applicable to problems involving submerged structures, as well as those involving transient response to shock loads. He is a past chair of the Engineering Mechanics Division (now Engineering Mechanics Institute), served on technical committees, and was chair of the 1989 ASCE-ASME Mechanics Conference.
ASCE created the medal in honor of Professor Emeritus Raymond D. Mindlin ’31, ’32, ’36, who died in 1987 and was a driving force in Columbia Engineering’s Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from 1932 to 1975.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, Mindlin received the National Medal of Science for applied mechanics and mathematics in 1979. President Harry S. Truman awarded Mindlin the Medal for Merit in 1946 for his work in developing the radio proximity fuse, a detonator for weapons used in offensive warfare that was a significant factor in World War II.
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