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2009 Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Winner -Dr. Prabodh V. Banaval

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: 2009 Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Winner -Dr. Prabodh V. Banaval Reply with quote

2009 Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Winner

Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar
Ingenium, Inc.

.   Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar has over 40 years of professional practice designing the structural systems for some of the tallest buildings in North America, including the 73 story U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, and the 75 Story J.P. Morgan Chase Tower in Houston. His distinct ability to work within the intricacies of architectural beauty, and create form from specific engineering makes him a favorite of famous architects around the world, such as Cesar Pelli, I.M. Pei, and the late Phillip Johnson.

Dr. Banavalkar has developed unique structural solutions for many of his most noteworthy projects. The US Bank Tower, designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1990, remains today the tallest building in seismic zone 4 as well as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Its structure is designed as a dual frame system, providing the tower enough ductility and redundancy to withstand an earthquake of up to 8.3 on the Richter scale, while maintaining the necessary stiffness to resist the ever changing wind conditions in southern California. Working on the Cira Center, designed by Cesar Pelli, required structural solutions for entirely different problems. Its complex geometrical twisting form required state of the art wind tunnel analysis and comprehensive intelligent design to develop an interactive dual structural system composed of core bracing and perimeter moment frames.

Mr. Banavalkar has also remained active in the academic community, both as a professor at Rice University, and through publishing articles that advance the field of high rise structural design.

   JP Morgan Chase Tower
Houston, TX, 1982

US Bank Tower
Los Angeles, CA, 1990
Cira Center
Philadelpha, PA, 2005

B.Tech., 1962-IITB, Civil Engineering    
President, Ingenium Inc.
  Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar a well known structural engineer in the USA, has to his credit many of the famous tall buildings in that country. He followed up his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay (1962) with an M.S. from the University of Illinois (1966) and a Ph.D. from Cornell University (1970).    
He began
He started his career as a Structural Engineer with M.N. Dastur and Company, Bombay (1962 -63), Mahendra Raj (1963 -65), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago (1966 -6Cool. Mr. Banavalkar was Senior Project Engineer with Ellison Engineers Inc. (70 - 75). Later with CBM Engineer Inc. he held the posts of Chief Structural Engineer, Director of Analysis and Executive Vice President (1975 - 2000). After two years with Carter and Burgess Inc as Vice President, he has been President since 2002 with Ingenium Inc, Houstan.  

Banavalkar has extensive experience in design, analysis, and construction supervision of complex steel and concrete multistory building frames and structural components, with particular interest in theory and automated analysis. His projects include hotels, parking garages, and more than 60 office towers, ranging in size from 80 stories to 3 stories.  
As one of the leading experts in his field, Banavalkar has authored more than 40 publications on subjects such as steel structures, seismic stress, and concrete. He has a thorough knowledge of the complexities of structures in many different environments. Banavalkar's designs have served as downtown landmarks for skylines across the United States, while withstanding the tests of time and nature. He is the recipient of several awards and honours including 1987 Professional Award, Indian Community in Houston, 1987, Outstanding Project Award, California Geotechnical Association, 1990, Those Who Made Marks in 1986 and 1989, Engineering News Record, in 1987 and 1990.

Dr.N.Subramanian,Ph.D.,F.ASCE, M.ACI,

Maryland, USA

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