FACE OF SUCCESS
1 OF 10 NEW FACES OF CIVIL ENGINEERING WORLDWIDE
James Kaklamanos has arrived.
The assistant professor of civil engineering was recently honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of this year’s 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering worldwide.
The award recognizes the next generation of civil engineering professionals, 30 and younger, who have demonstrated the potential to lead the field to new heights. Ten honorees are chosen in each of two divisions, professional and collegiate; Kaklamanos was honored in the latter category.
“Merrimack has given me the chance to flourish as a teacher-scholar, and I am truly humbled to receive this honor,” Kaklamanos said. “It’s a privilege to represent Merrimack, the ASCE and the engineering profession.”
In making the award, the society cited Kaklamanos’ exemplary work with students. He serves as faculty adviser to Merrimack’s ASCE student chapter and has been active in the ASCE Geo-Institute, the Seismological Society of America and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
“Students enjoy learning when they truly care about a subject, and my teaching style is designed to foster student learning and the development of an underlying appreciation of the material.”
Kaklamanos’ research focuses on improving models for predicting earthquake-induced ground motions, which will help engineers to design better earthquake-resistant structures.
“I strive for students to apply the principles of engineering to real-world problems in an interdisciplinary context, and to realize the importance of engineering in our everyday lives and the broad societal issues that engineers are tasked with solving,” he said.