The University of Nevada, Reno, recently selected Fanni Civil Engineering Alumnus (MS ’75), Professor M. Saiid Saiidi, as the recipient of the 2016 Established Innovation Award. The selection committee unanimously selected Saiidi for his pioneering research in bridge earthquake engineering research, investigation of advanced materials for incorporation in concrete bridges, development of patentable bridge elements in collaboration with small businesses, development of connections for accelerated bridge construction, and field implementation of innovative concepts in a demonstration bridge in the State of Washington. Saiidi has diligently developed innovative ideas to make bridges safe and sustainable through earthquake simulation on many models of bridge components and systems and advanced computer modeling. He pioneered combining Nickel Titanium shape memory alloys (SMA) with special fiber-reinforced grout with variations that utilize rubber, fiber-reinforced polymers, Copper-Aluminum-Manganese (CAM) SMA, and deconstructible bridges. Saiidi’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), US Department of Transportation, and California, Washington, and the Nevada Department of Transportation. Dr. Saiidi has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the National Public Radio, Engineering News Records, and numerous other media outlets about his research. More information about Saiidi’s projects including articles and shake table test video clips can be found at http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/saiidi/.
FRI Board of Directors and members congratulate Dr. Saiidi on this honor.