The Rose School in Pavia, Italy, has awarded UC Berkley Professor Emeritus Vitelmo V. Bertero, their 2010 Rose Prize. This prize rewards professionals and academics at any stage of their career who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and innovation capacity in the fields of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, obtaining extraordinary research and professional achievements and demonstrating uncommon skills in education.
Bertero's selection was based on his "long and distinguished career, during which he emphasized the need to understand structural performance under seismic attack, and to learn lessons from structural damage and failure in earthquakes. He led a whole new field of research emphasizing the importance of energy demand and capacity in seismic performance. As Joseph Penzien recently put it, he is now recognised worldwide among his peers as a legend in the broad field of earthquake engineering, and thus the Selection Committee considered him to be the perfect recipient of the 2010 Edition of the ROSE Prize."
posted August 10, 2010