Civil engineering alumnus named ASCE Fellow

By Peter Murphy

Published August 30, 2021

Nicos Makris (MS ’90, PhD ’92) has been named Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

UB alumnus Nicos Makris (MS '90, PhD '92).

Makris, the Addy Family Centennial Professor in Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU), worked with SUNY Distinguished Professor Michael Constantinou as a graduate student at UB. Makris’ research focuses on the design and protection of structures against natural and man-made hazards in association with the development and testing of response-modification devices and the analysis and design of seismic isolated and rocking structures.

Just 3% of ASCE members hold the Fellow title. “ASCE fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world,” according to the organization’s website.

This is the latest recognition for the UB alumnus. Makris won the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE in 2001, the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in 1999, the T.K Hsieh Award from the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, U.K. in 1997 and the Henry Pusey Award in 1997. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe).

Additionally, Makris won the J. James R. Croes Medal from ASCE in 2020 for his paper Effect of Supplemental Hysteretic and Viscous Damping on Rocking Response of Free-Standing Columns.