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Charles W. Roeder

Charles W. Roeder Professor
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  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1977
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1971
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1969


Charles Roeder was born in central Pennsylvania, and has past experience in building construction and in structural design of offshore structures. He served two years in the US Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Vietnam. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1977. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Washington.

He is a member of professional organizations including ASCE, AISC, SEI, and SEAW. He is presently a member of the Institutional Board of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and the AISC TC7, TC9 and CPRP standards subcommittees. He is editor for International Journal of Steel Structures, and member of editorial boards of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics and the Journal of Constructional Steel Research. He was a past member of the Executive Committee for the ASCE/Structural Engineering Institute, and the Boards of Directors of ATC and the NEES Consortium. He participated in the FEMA Guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, and was the Team Leader for Connection Performance on the FEMA supported SAC Steel Project. He co-authored (with John Stanton) the AASHTO Specifications for the design of bridge bearings. He has served as chair of national technical committees including the TRB A2C02 Steel Bridge, ASCE Seismic Effects and ASCE Technical Administrative Con Dynamic Effects Committees.

He performed a wide range of research on bridges and steel and composite buildings. Present studies include development of seismic design methods for concentrically braced frames and their gusset plate connections and economical and efficient CFST construction.

Awards and Honors

  • 1969 Glenn Murphy Award, University of Colorado
  • 1977 James F. Lincoln Design Competition Award
  • 1979 J. James R. Croes Medal, ASCE
  • 1984 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, ASCE
  • 1986 Special Commendation Award, ACI
  • 2002 Academic Engineer of the Year, Puget Sound Engineers Council
  • 2002 Special Achievement Award, AISC
  • 2010 Ernest E. Howard Award, ASCE
  • 2011 T. R. Higgins Lectureship, AISC
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, AISC
  • 2015 Dennis L. Tewksbury Award, SEI/ASCE