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Remembering Prof. C.G. Salmon, 1930-2014

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:00 pm    Post subject: Remembering Prof. C.G. Salmon, 1930-2014 Reply with quote

I was really  sad to learn about the demise of Prof. Salmon, from the Concrete International, July 2014 issue. His books on Steel Design and RC Design are exceptional and I used them extensively for writing my books. May God Bless his soul in Heaven!
Remembering Chuck Salmon, 1930-2014
The UW-Madison civil engineering community lost one of its most accomplished and fondly regarded members when Charles “Chuck” Salmon passed away unexpectedly on April 28, 2014, in Las Vegas,NV. He was 83.

During his nearly 60-year career in the department, Salmon built a formidable legacy both as a researcher in the field of structural engineering and as an extraordinarily dedicated teacher. Many of his students went on to distinguished careers in academia and industry, fueled by his close mentorship, his encouragement of analytical thinking in the classroom, and his unmatched enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Salmon was born in 1930 in Detroit, and first came to the department as an instructor in 1956. Throughout his time here, Salmon led the way in building UW-Madison’s reputation for excellence and innovation in structural engineering. He authored and co-authored many texts that had significant influence on the concrete and steel industries, including Reinforced Concrete Design, co-authored with fellow CEE Professor C.K. Wang.

His work and influence resonates throughout the field, showing up everywhere from building codes to engineers’ handbooks to the designs of steel structures and highway bridges. Alongside these research accomplishments, Salmon was active in numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineering (of which he was made an honorary member in 1993) and the American Society of Engineering Education. He was an advisor for the UW-Madison chapter of Chi Epsilon, and served as its national president from 1994 to 1996. In 1990, he established the Bette and Chuck Salmon Student Activities Fund.

Over the years, he was very active in numerous professional engineering societies including; American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Welding Society (AWS), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)and the and Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE).

It was as a teacher, though, that Salmon touched still more lives. He earned a reputation not only for brewing a big pot of coffee for students in his early-morning classes, but more importantly for inspiring students with his friendly, yet challenging style and the breadth of his knowledge. His students credited him with providing the rigorous foundation that enabled future generations of structural engineers to keep building on research advances and applying them in the real world. The College of Engineering honored his dedication as a teacher in 1998 by establishing theCharles G. Salmon Professorship, with support from many of Salmon’s colleagues and former students.

Chuck received many professional awards and honors through the years. Highlights include:

•     The AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, 1981.
•     The ACI Joe Kelly Award for outstanding contributions to education in concrete, 1983.
•     The ACI Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for outstanding performance while serving on ACI technical committees, 1984.
•     Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member, 1989.
•     ASCE Honorary Member, 1993 for his contribution to the art and science of structural engineering.
•     ACI Honorary Member, 2000 for his exceptional achievements in teaching concrete structures to students.
•     AISC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009.
•     WSPE Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013.

Chuck was an adventurous sort. He loved to travel, camp, canoe and take on whatever endeavor came his way. He had a keen interest in history and was fascinated by bridges, ancient ruins, manmade and natural structures. Early family summer vacations consisted of packing up and heading out in a converted Volkswagen van, camping for up to four weeks to see any (or all) of the above. Being the photographer that he was, he made sure to line the family up in front of every monument or landmark sign for photo-ops. He fervently researched family genealogy, which meant more photo-ops, only this time in front of a deceased relative's gravestone. In later years, he traveled extensively. Often one didn't know where he was until receiving word that he was in, say Bosnia or Madagascar!

He is survived by his children, Margaret (Hans) Eusch, David (Ellen Kodis) Salmon and Martha (Robert) Witt; and a sister, Laura Berg. He is further survived by his grandchildren; Peter Eusch, Sara Eusch, Zachary Salmon, Katherine Salmon, Aaron Witt, Taylor Witt and Kailey Witt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Gwendolyn Salmon and his wife Elizabeth "Bette" Salmon.

Source: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/news/archive/2014/may13salmon.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:42 pm    Post subject: A truly great Structural Engineering teacher. Reply with quote

Dear  Dr.  Subramanian,

I am student of Professor Salmon. I had my Graduate Steel Design and Graduate Concrete Design courses from him. He was also one of my Independent Study (Thesis) examiner. This was back in 1968-1969 at  U. Of Wisconsin Madison.
In the consulting companies where his  students  work, the colleagues will copy his Class Notes as these class notes  would have material not in his both  Steel Design and Concrete Design  text books. Knowing it was unfair to Professor Salmon I still gave my class notes to  be copied. I am sure his soul will forgive me for this.  He was a very good practical structural Engineer also, as he work in a  Detroit consulting company for few years before coming to Academics/Teaching.  


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