Robotics and Automation: International Perspective
Vasant Surti Professor of Civil Engineering; Director of Moss School of Construction and Sustainability; Director of ABC-UTC; Director of Preeminent Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure
Florida International University
Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, is the Vasant Surti Professor of Civil Engineering. He is also the Director of Moss School of Construction and Sustainability; Director of ABC-UTC; Director of Preeminent Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure and the Director of Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center at Florida International University. He has led several major multi-disciplinary bridge engineering related initiatives. He is a founder of two major transportation field organizations: the National Bridge Research Organization at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Center for Accelerated Bridge Construction at Florida International University.
He has provided significant service and contributions to the field of bridge engineering. As chairman of ASCE Bridge Technical Administrative Committee (Bridge TAC), he had the responsibility of overseeing eight ASCE bridge committees. He helped to organize and chaired or Co-Chaired the FHWA Bridge Engineering conferences in 2010 (Orlando, FL), 2008 (Baltimore, MD), 2005 (San Diego, CA), 2004 (San Antonio, TX), 2002 (Salt Lake City, UT), and 2000 (Baltimore, MD).
He holds several patents in bridge engineering and developed and successfully assisted in the commercialization of Folded Plate Girder Technologies. He has received several noteworthy major competitive grants, including the $2M SHRP2 R19A project, which led to development of the first comprehensive document devoted to Service Life Design of Bridges. He has published more than 200 technical papers in the structural engineering and transportation fields and has taught more than 40 short courses on the design and construction of super- and sub-structures to practicing bridge professionals.
He has produced more than 50 graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. He has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2011 AISC Special Achievement Award. In October of 2015, he was awarded 2015 White House Champion of Change: Transportation Innovator, in a ceremony held at White House.