ASCE has honored Bojan Guzina, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2019 Nathan M. Newmark Medal for seminal work on theoretical and computational methods related to wave propagation and inverse scattering problems, with applications to the imaging of biological and engineered systems.
Guzina is unique in that he works on both theoretical, analytical, and practical engineering problems. He has contributed substantially to solid mechanics related to structural and geo-engineering, specializing in wave propagation in elastic and viscoelastic solids, and is a well-known authority on theoretical and computational methods for solving inverse scattering problems associated with the measurements of the mechanical properties of soil, rock, and biological materials. His work also includes deterioration mechanics of aging nuclear storage systems and the long-term performance of these storage systems. His research in this area has been funded by DOE.
He has been active in the civil engineering profession, including being an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and has authored numerous papers published nationally and internationally. He is currently the Shimizu Professor at the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, after working and completing his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Nathan M. Newmark Medal is bestowed upon a member of the Society who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering; these contributions having been made in the form of papers or other written presentations.