Caption: The prizewinners: Empa Fellow Urs Meier (left) with the three other award recipients, Jan-Ming Ko of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Emin Aktan of Drexel University (USA) and Yozo Fujino of the University of Tokyo together with (middle) Aftab A. Mufti, ISHMII President. (Click to enlarge)
There is never just a single person behind such a distinction, says Urs Meier, modestly. There is always an institute that had faith in the development work and the scientific personnel who played their part in it too. The Fellowship Award of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII) is therefore not just recognition of his work alone but far more that of an Empa team effort. The organization has long been involved in research and development programs in the field of monitoring civil engineering structures, and this will remain a focal point in future too. Currently scientists drawn from several Empa laboratories are working together in an interdisciplinary fashion in the Adaptive Material Systems Research Program on new monitoring systems and technologies. Much of this work still is based on innovations initiated by Urs Meier.