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Zdeněk P. Bažant

McCormick Institute Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A135
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-4025Email Zdeněk Bažant


Personal Profile


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


C.E. ("Civil Engineer"), 1960, Civil Engineering Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Ph.D., 1963, Engineering Mechanics Czechoslovak Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Postgraduate Diploma, 1966, Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Docent (habilitatis), 1967, Concrete Structures, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Registration: Illinois Registered Structural Engineer (S.E.), since 1971

Significant Recognition

  • Member NAS, NAE, AAAS , Royal Society of London; National Academies of Austria, Czech Republic, Italy (dei Lincei), India, Spain and Lombardy; Academia Europaea, and Eur. Academy of Science and Art
  • 7 honorary doctorates (TU Prague, TU Karlsruhe, UC Boulder, Milan Poly, INSA, TU Vienna, Ohio State)
  • Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class” (from President of Austria)
  • ASME Medal, and ASME Timoshenko, Nadai & Warner Medals
  • ASCE von Karman, Freudenthal, Newmark, Biot, Mindlin and Croes Medals and TY Lin, Huber Prize and Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • SES Prager Medal
  • Honorary Member of ASCE, ASME, ACI and RILEM
  • W.Exner Medal, Austria Gov.-Industry Assoc.; RILEM L’Hermite Medal; Am. Ceramic Soc. Roy Award; Torroja Medal (Spain); Solin, Bazant Sr. & Stodola Medals (Czech Rep., Slovakia); IACMAG Outstanding Contrib. Award; ICOSSAR Award; SEAOI Meritorious Paper Award; Best Engrg. Book of the Year (SAP); Medal of Czech Soc. for Mech.; One of the original Top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engrg.; Winner of Mathematical Olympics of Czechoslovakia 1955
  • ASCE Created in 2015 ZP Bazant Medal for Failure and Damage Prevention
  • CSM, Prague, Created ZP Bazant Prize for Engineering Mechanics

Significant Professional Service

  • Past President of Society of Engineering Sciences, Founding President of IA-FraMCoS and of IA-ConCreep
  • Past Editor-in-Chief of ASCE J. of Engineering Mechanics
  • Officer of National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and Chair of several society committees