Williams Family Associate Professor Iris Tien has been recognized by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) with its Early Achievement Research Prize. This prize is awarded to a researcher under the age of 45 for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the field of structural safety and reliability.
Tien received the distinction at the organization’s International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability on Sept. 15.
Awarded only once every four years, the IASSAR Early Achievement Research Prize is one of the highest honors one can receive in the field of risk and reliability. Tien is the first woman to receive the honor since the award became a single prize awarded across all areas and subspecialties within IASSAR.
Karen & John Huff School Chair and Professor Don Webster said Tien has become a global leader in probabilistic methods in civil engineering since joining the faculty in 2014.
“Dr. Tien is unique in conducting her research work with an eye towards achieving a combination of both fundamental scientific innovation and broad community impacts,” Webster said. “She is an innovative and brilliant thinker and has accomplished truly outstanding work in the field of probabilistic methods."