La quinta edizione del ROSE Prize, per la prima volta intitolato a M.J. Nigel Priestley e conseguentemente rinominato M.J. Nigel Priestley Prize, è stato assegnato al Professor Steven L. Kramer (University of Washington, USA), sulla base di una decisione unanime del Comitato di Selezione del premio, con la seguente motivazione:
“Professor Steven L. Kramer has been a champion of performance based design in geotechnical earthquake engineering – a discipline that, arguably, needs it the most because of the significant uncertainties involved in geotechnical characterization. He has played a crucial role in the transition between the pioneering era of geotechnical engineering and an era in which the discipline is rationally based, allowing to understand the relations between experience and models.
Under this (and others) respect, the impact of his book Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, published in 1996 cannot be overstated: it revolutionized how geotechnical earthquake engineering was taught, and still 20 years later there is no other book that can compare. He has shown uncommon skills in presenting his work and the state of art of geotechnical earthquake engineering; in particular, his invited presentations at conferences and his seminars have always been stimulating and exceptionally well prepared.
His strong influence on a generation of students, researchers and professionals is fully recognized, while his potential for future important achievements is a well founded hope.
Steve Kramer is a giant in geotechnical earthquake engineering and his association with the award will continue the tradition of highest distinction that characterized the previous editions.”
Il premio, un dipinto originale di Louise Daoust, è stato consegnato durante una cerimonia a conclusione del ‘The Second International Nigel Priestley Seminar’, tenutosi presso il CAR College di Pavia nei giorni 19-20 maggio 2016.
Qui di seguito le foto della cerimonia di consegna del premio.
(Nell’immagine qui sotto il Prof. Steven L. Kramer festeggia con gli studenti della ROSE School di Pavia la fine del suo corso nel dicembre 2007, in compagnia anche del Prof. Gregory Fenves, attuale Presidente della University of Texas at Austin)