ASCE has honored Amit H. Varma, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2019 Shortridge Hardesty Award for his research contributions to the stability and design of steel and composite members and his service to the profession as chair of the ASCE-SEI Metals TAC and chair of the SEI/ACI joint committee on composite members.
Varma has contributed to the application of research results to solving practical structural stability problems in steel and composite structures. His contribution is clear to the state of the art and code development for composite, steel, and nuclear structures. He was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction with the Special Achievement Award for what he has done for the design of the next generation of nuclear power plants.
He is active in various professional organizations and ASCE committees, including AISC Specifications, AISC TC 8 on Fire Design, ASCE -SEI Technical Committee on Composite Construction, ACI 335 on Composite and Hybrid Structures, and Structural Stability Research Council.
The Shortridge Hardesty Award is given to a member or members of the Society who have contributed substantially in applying fundamental results of research to the solution of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability.