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Nowak Joins Engineering
Dr. Andrzej S. Nowak, the Robert W. Brightfelt Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering, joined UNL in January 2005 after 25 years at the University of Michigan where he was a professor of civil engineering. Earlier he worked at the University of Waterloo in Canada and State University of New York in Buffalo.
An expert in structural reliability and bridge engineering, Nowak’s major research accomplishments include the development of reliability based calibration procedure to measure load and resistance factors. The procedure was successfully applied on calibration of AASHTO LRFD design code for bridges, ACI 318 Code for Concrete Buildings, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, and British Standard BS-5400. He also has made important contributions to bridge diagnostics and evaluation, including analytical load models used for reduction of extreme load events for bridges and buildings and the development of efficient experimental procedures for weigh-in-motion measurement of truck loads, dynamic loads on bridges and fatigue load spectra. His proof load-test procedure, using military tanks, saved many bridges and millions of dollars.
Nowak received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw University of Technology), in Warsaw, Poland. He has served as doctoral committee chair for 26 students, organized several major international conferences on reliability and bridge engineering, authored more than 300 technical publications, and chaired a number of committees associated with such professional organizations as ASCE, ACI, TRB and IABMAS. He is an Honorary Professor of the Warsaw University of Technology and Krakow University of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. Nowak received the ASCE Moisseiff Award, the IFIP WG 7.5 Award and the Polish-American Engineers Association Award.