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Dr. Mete A. Sozen is the Karl H. Kettelhut Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering at Purdue University. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and his graduate degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana. From 1957 to 1992 he taught at the University of Illinois until he joined the Purdue faculty.
He has made extensive contributions to the fields of prestressed and reinforced concrete structures. In particular, for the past thirty years, he has been active in research on structural response to earthquakes, specializing in concrete structures. Dr. Sozen has written some 130 technical publications and has been a consultant to more than 40 engineering firms plus national and international governmental agencies. His pioneering work on the shear strength of prestressed and reinforced concrete beams is reflected in the American Concrete Institute Building Code as well as the European Concrete Code.
He is currently a member of the Veterans Administration Committee on Structural Safety and Chair of the Committee on Analysis and Design of the American Concrete Institute Building Code. Dr. Sozen has received the Research Prize, the Reese Prize (1971 and 1994), the Moisseiff Award and the Howard Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The American Concrete Institute has honored him with the Kelly, Bloem and Lindau Awards.
Dr. Sozen has been named honorary member of the Turkish Association of Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has received an honorary doctorate from Bogazici University. He was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.