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Prof. Nilson -Author of famous book on Concrete Design

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Arthur H. Nilson
was engaged in research, teaching, and consulting relating to structural concrete for over 40 years. He was a member of the faculty of the College of Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, since 1956, where he was in charge of undergraduate and graduate courses in the design of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures until his retirement in 1991. He served as Chairman of Cornell's Department of Structural Engineering from 1978 to 1985. Prior to teaching, he worked as a structural engineer in California and Connecticut.

An ACI Fellow, Nilson has served on many professional committees, including ACI Subcommittee 318-D, Flexure and Axial Loads; Beams, Slab, and Columns; ACI Committee 435, Deflection of Concrete Building Structures; and was a founding member and Chair of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447, Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures. He was awarded the ACI Wason Medal for Materials Research in 1974, the ACI Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper in 1986 and 1987, and ACI Structural Research Award in 1993. He was elected as Honorary Member of ACI in 2005.


He has also been honored by the civil engineering student body at Cornell for outstanding teaching. He was elected Professor Emeritus in 1991. He has also held research appointments or lectureships at the University of Manchester and Salford University in England and Technical University of Milan in Italy.

He has authored or coauthored two textbooks, Design of Concrete Structures (now in its 14th edition)and Design of Prestressed Concrete, that are widely used in the U.S. and abroad and have been translated into several foreign languages.

Since his retirement, he has devoted himself to many long-term interests including photography and music. Also, as a life-long sailing enthusiast, he and his wife Linda have cruised the New England coast from Long Island Sound to eastern Maine.

Prof. Nilson received his BS from Stanford University in 1948, his MS from Cornell in 1956, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, in 1967. He has held registration as a Professional Engineer in several states.
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