Anne Kiremidjian, earthquake, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the 2018 John Fritz Medal. The award, presented by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES), recognizes one individual each year for scientific or industrial achievements in the pure or applied sciences.
Kiremidjian received the award for her research in the field of probabilistic seismic risk assessment and for her leadership in the classroom, educating the next generation of earthquake engineers.
Kiremidjian’s research focuses on building resilient, sustainable cities that can withstand short and long term environmental stressors, including earthquakes. Through the design and implementation of wireless sensors systems, the development of robust algorithms for structural damage diagnosis and several other evaluation techniques, Kiremidjian continues to expand conversations around creating strategic civil infrastructure systems, emphasizing the importance of social, political, and economic data in her findings.
Established in 1902, the John Fritz Medal is among the highest honors awarded an engineer, Kiremidjian joins a respected cadre of recipients, including Alexander Graham Bell and David Packard.
Graduating from Queens College of the City University of New York in Physics in 1972, she received her BS in civil engineering from Columbia University and moved to California and received her MS in structural engineering in 1973 from Stanford University and later her PhD from Stanford in 1977. She has been on many boards and committees.