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Karl H. Frank Receives AISC Award

Dr. Karl Frank
Karl H. Frank, Ph.D., P.E. Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award
San Angelo, TX (April 5, 2011) – Hirschfeld Industries, one of the largest fabricators of steel bridges, structures, industrial and nuclear projects in North America, has announced its Chief Engineer, Karl Frank, Ph.D., will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) at its 2011 conference in May.
AISC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor living individuals who have "made a difference" in AISC's and the structural steel industries success. The award provides special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and to the structural steel design/construction/academic community.
Dr. Frank is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the design and behavior of structural steel bridges. Throughout his career as a researcher, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, he has made extraordinary contributions to improving the understanding of the fatigue and fracture behavior of structural steel as well as towards the design and behavior of bolted and welded connections. And while he is widely recognized for his expertise in steel bridge systems, he is also well known for his contributions to the building industry.
Dr. Frank joined Hirschfeld industries in 2010 upon retirement from the University of Texas and as Chief Engineer, Dr. Frank’s instrumental role in research and development has continued to enhance the company’s partnership with the Ferguson Lab, testing structural designs and working on the future of structural steel. Dr. Frank has provided invaluable assistance to Hirschfeld on the implementation of advanced technologies such as, virtual assembly and Bridge Information Modeling. He is an integral part during project delivery in aspects such as, Design-Build, Design-Assist and Accelerated Bridge Construction, in markets like highway bridges, freight rail and high speed rail bridges. His involvement in the Americanization of the Transrapid™ Maglev Guideway for the past 10 years is just another example of his expertise.
Dr. Frank has been a long time and consistent contributor to AISC programs. For decades, he has worked with AISC and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) on the development of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications related to the design of structural steel bridges. He is a member of the Research Council on Structural Connections, has been an Engineering Journal reviewer, a continuing education speaker, and is currently a member of the Partners in Education committee. Dr. Frank is also involved with several professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Welding Society, and the Transportation Research Board. He received the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize in 1981 and the J. James Croes Medal in 1999 from American Society of Civil Engineers. Among his accomplishments he was 2003-2010 Director of the Maglev Guideway Research Center and Director of the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory in 1991-1994 and 2003-2007.
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About Hirschfeld Industries LP
Hirschfeld Industries is one of the largest fully integrated fabricators of highly engineered structural steel components in North America. The company serves a wide range of end markets including transportation infrastructure, industrial development, commercial construction and power generation.
With eleven facilities and over 900 employees providing a national presence and industry leading footprint, Hirschfeld Industries is a major participant in the expansion and redevelopment of the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructure systems, both government-funded and private enterprises. Hirschfeld Industries was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in San Angelo, Texas.
About AISC
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information. 



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