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LETU Professor Dr. Yoni Adonyi Receives Fountain Award


The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) Steel Bridge Task Force and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have named Yoni Adonyi, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2012 Richard S. Fountain Award.

Dr. Adonyi is professor, Omer Blodgett Chair of Welding and Materials Joining Engineering and MJE program coordinator at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Named for the founder of the Steel Bridge Task Force, the Richard S. Fountain Award recognizes leadership in steel bridge research and outstanding efforts to advance AASHTO specifications. Dr. Adonyi received the award at the meeting of the Steel Bridge Task Force, which was held on August 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The award was presented by Alex Wilson, Chairman of SMDI's Steel Bridge Task Force and Manager of Customer Technical Services for ArcelorMittal USA; and Gregory R. Perfetti, Chairman of the AASHTO T-14 Steel Bridge Structures Committee and State Bridge Design Engineer, Structure Design Unit, North Carolina Department of Transportation.

"It is my great pleasure to present this award to Yoni Adonyi, who has led our industry's research efforts for the past 20 years to develop new technologies and best practices for the welding of High-Performance Steel (HPS) for bridges," Wilson said. "Yoni has served as program director for all of the 20 welding research projects that were implemented from 1996-2012. As a member of SMDI's Welding Advisory Group, he was also instrumental in providing timely technology transfer to the bridge construction industry, which was critical to ensuring that HPS was included in the bridge codes for AASHTO and the American Welding Society."

The High-Performance Steel for bridges program was established through a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the U.S. Navy (Carderock Division - Naval Surface Warfare Center), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 1992 with the goal of developing new and improved steel alternatives for bridges. The partnership comprised professionals in steel production, bridge design, bridge fabrication and welding. The result of their efforts was the development of High-Performance Steel, which provides up to 18% cost savings and up to 28% weight savings when compared with traditional steel bridge design materials. Today, there are more than 400 HPS bridges in service in 43 states.

The program maintains a Welding Advisory Group to oversee the development of new welding technologies and practices and to introduce these new advancements to the bridge construction industry. Dr. Adonyi is an active participant of this group.

LeTourneau University is one of two ABET-accredited Welding/Materials Joining Engineering programs in the United States. Its 10,000-square-foot Materials Joining Lab is the largest stand-alone facility in the United States. Dr. Adonyi is currently focusing his research on the solid-state weldability of HPS for bridges, which includes Friction Stir Welding and High-Frequency Welding hybrid process development, among other interests. He is co-author of a Patent on the joining of mandrel bar for seamless pipe production, and has contributed his expertise to several books, journals and articles.

He is a member of the American Welding Society and a principal reviewer on its Technical Papers Committee, where he was also vice chair from 2002-2005. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Before joining LeTourneau University, Dr. Adonyi worked for more than seven years on weldability support for plate, tubular and sheet projects for United States Steel Corporation. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree from Timisoara Polytechnical Institute.

The Richard S. Fountain Award was established in 2001. Past recipients of the award include:

Ahmad M. Itani, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F. ASCE, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (2011)
John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E., chairman and CEO of Modjeski and Masters, Inc. (2009)
William J. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., Team Leader for Bridge Design and Construction Research, Office of Infrastructure R&D at the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (2008)
Donald W. White, Ph.D., Professor of Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2007)
Dean C. Krouse, Independent Consulting Metallurgical Engineer (2006)

Dennis R. Mertz, Associate Professor, University of Delaware (2005)
Camille Rubeiz, former Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, AISI (2003)
Professor Karl Frank, University of Texas at Austin (2002), and
Mike Grubb, BSDI Ltd. (2001)

SMDI's Steel Bridge Task Force was formed more than 40 years ago to coordinate research that establishes safe, cost-effective steel bridges and to implement these developments into steel bridge design codes, specifically the AASHTO design codes. Its members include steel producers, steel fabricators, the AASHTO Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design, university faculty, consultants and representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and National Steel Bridge Alliance.

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as for new-growth opportunities in non-traditional steel markets. SMDI's Steel Bridge program is conducted under the Construction Market Council, whose investor companies include:

· AK Steel Corporation

· ArcelorMittal Dofasco

· ArcelorMittal USA LLC

· Evraz Inc. NA

· Gerdau Long Steel North America

· Nucor Corporation

· Severstal North America, Inc.

· SSAB Americas

· Steelscape, Inc.

· ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

· United States Steel Corporation

· USS-POSCO Industries

For more information, visit www.smdisteel.org.

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