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College of Engineering and Computer Science Awards First Arthur M. James Professorship
Author: Erin Malecha (503-725-8794)
Posted: October 7, 2003

Portland State University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has awarded its first Arthur M. James Professorship in structural engineering to Franz Rad.

Arthur (Art) M. James, a structural engineer in the Portland area for over 50 years, endowed the professorship through a generous $500,000 donation in spring 2003. James is an expert in the field of investigating structural failures and documented his memoirs on structural failures in a book edited by Franz Rad: Locomotive in the River and Other Stories-50 Years of Investigating Structural Failures. The professorship recognizes Prof. Rad's achievements, and will provide support for his academic and professional activities.

Rad has served on the faculty at Portland State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the past 32 years, 23 years as department chair. A registered civil and structural engineer, Rad has authored or co-authored over 70 technical publications and served as investigator for numerous research projects. He is a member of a national team of seminar speakers for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), providing instruction for structural engineers nationally.

Rad has served in several leadership positions for technical and professional organizations: president of the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon, president of the ACI Oregon Chapter (OACI), chairman of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Northwest Section, and executive committee member of the National Civil Engineering Department Heads Council. He is a recipient of ASEE's "Western Electric Fund Award" for excellence in instruction, and OACI's "Excellence in Concrete Award." In recognition of his outstanding contributions to civil engineering education and the profession, Rad was honored as the 2002 "Engineer of the Year" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Oregon Section. Rad is also an ASCE and ACI fellow.

Located in the heart of Oregon's "Silicon Forest," the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University is uniquely positioned to deliver progressive engineering education. By teaming with regional industry and government, the College's faculty members keep curriculum current, preparing PSU students to make an immediate contribution to the workforce through participation in Capstone design projects, internships and research opportunities. During the 2002-03 academic year, the College had a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 1,964 students.


Pamela Gesme Miller (503-725-8135)
PSU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Release Number: 03-160