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Ahsan Kareem is the Robert M. Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences and the director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. His research uses computer models and laboratory and full-scale experiments to study the dynamic effects of environmental loads under winds, waves, and earthquakes in order to understand and predict the impact of natural hazards on the constructed environment and to develop mitigation strategies that enhance the performance and safety of structures. He is a former president of the American Association for Wind Engineering, and past editor-in-chief for the international journal Wind and Structures.

Dr. Kareem is the recipient of the Alan G. Davenport Medal presented by the International Association for Wind Engineering in recognition of his distinguished achievement in the dynamic wind effects on structures, the Robert H. Scanlan Medal for outstanding contributions to the study of aeroelasticity/aerodynamics and wind-load effects on structural design, and the Jack E. Cermak Medal in recognition for his contributions to wind effects on structures from the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE). Dr. Kareem was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009 for his contributions in analyses and designs to account for wind effects on tall buildings, long-span bridges, and other structures. In 2010, he was elected as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. In 2010, he was elected as a distinguished Member of ASCE for his knowledge, eminence in the field of wind engineering, structural engineering, engineering mechanics, for profound contributions to the ASCE Wind Loads Standards and for development of web-based technologies and design tools for practice. Dr. Kareem was appointed Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai, PROC, 2010, for his contributions to wind engineering, bridge engineering and structural engineering. In 2011, he was inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame, ASCE/COPRI for his paper presented at early years of OTC that offered innovation, direction and lasting impact on the design, construction or installation of offshore infrastructure. Dr. Kareem received his PhD (1978) in civil engineering from Colorado State University, M.Sc. (1975) in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii with a joint program at MIT, and B.Sc. (1968) in civil engineering from West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology.

Kareem is a member of CTBUH and former chair of the Tall Buildings Committee of ASCE. He is currently a liaison between the Structural Engineering Institute, ASCE and the CTBUH. In the area of tall buildings, he spearheaded re-development of ASCE 7 for wind sensitive structures; developed e-technologies for web-enabled analysis and design of buildings and established a cyber-based collaboratory for research and education in wind effects on tall buildings; evaluated the performance via full-scale monitoring of a network of tall buildings around the world including Burj Khalifa to validate their design procedures; developed mitigation measures to control of structural motions through developments in tuned sloshing dampers and their semi-active control and implementation. More recently he is involved in sculpturing aerodynamically congruent tall buildings and tailoring their structural systems through topology optimization.