2005 Bridge Engineering Research Award

Theodore V. Galambos

Professor Theodore V. Galambos was born on April 17, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary, and he immigrated to the United States in 1948. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of North Dakota, in the United States, in 1953 and 1954. He received his Ph.D. from Lehigh University, in the United States, in 1959. His academic research and teaching career started at Lehigh University in 1959. He taught at Washington University in Saint Louis and at the University of Minnesota.

His bridge engineering research spans over forty years with impressive credentials. In the 1960's he chaired an ASCE Task Committee on the State-of-the-Art of curved girder bridges. In the 1960's and early 1970's he was member of the AISI Committee that developed the draft of the Load Factor Design specification of steel bridges. He was a member of the AASHTO/AISI committee on steel bridges for at least 25 years. He was a member of an ASCE Task Committee that recommended a specification for box-girder bridges. He participated in several bridge studies where measurements of strains and deformations of steel bridges under traffic and under trucks with known weights were performed. In the 1970's he developed the first draft of the Load and Factor Design (LFD) specification for curved girder bridges. In the 1980's he was on the team of the University of Minnesota that performed a study and produced a report on in-elastic bridge rating. At Washington University he supervised research studies on the shakedown of steel bridges.

Professor Galambos is the author of several technical books and of scores of published articles. He is the author of "Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures", and the "Structural Members and Frames". He is the co-author of "Basic Steel Design with LRFD", and "Structural Steel Design". He is an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Structural Stability Research Council and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Missouri and Pennsylvania. He holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Budapest, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota. He is one of the 2002 recipients of the ASCE OPAL Award.