Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Image Caption #1: At the University of Nevada Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, David conducted extensive and landmark research in seismic evaluation, design, strengthening and repair of bridges including large-scale component and systems experiments and analysis.
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Image Caption #2: In the research realm of his career, David has enjoyed working alongside students to solve problems with government agencies and to develop new ways to analyze and design structures.
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David H. Sanders

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1990
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1986

David Sanders is recognized for excellence in teaching, research and community service. Throughout his career, he has served as a leader among students and his professional colleagues and has achieved national prominence for his considerable contributions to concrete technology and advancements in the civil engineering profession. He is currently the Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, where his appointment began in July 2018.

While at UT, David worked with Dr. Jack Breen and said that he was taught and shown that “we are part of a larger community and that we need to work to help that community be better and safer and to give back.”

David previously held a university foundation professorship at the University of Nevada Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he conducted extensive and landmark research in seismic evaluation, design, strengthening and repair of bridges including large-scale component and systems experiments and analysis. Due in part to his contributions, the civil engineering department is thriving and has built world-class experimental facilities for research in earthquake engineering.

In the research realm of his career, David has enjoyed working alongside students to solve problems with government agencies and to develop new ways to analyze and design structures. 

David is an award-winning, beloved teacher. A well-rounded instructor, he has taught the basics and advanced topics to undergraduates and graduate students and has received appreciation and mentoring awards by popular vote. He also received the ACI Joe Kelly Award for bringing his prolific and innovative research into the classroom.

At his former university, David was the faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter and the Nevada Concrete Canoe Team, and he brought much local and national attention to the school. David has also served as a member of the ACI Structural Concrete Building Code Committee and as chair of one of its subcommittees. He is a fellow in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Structural Engineering Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Beyond his academic and professional achievements, David Sanders is worthy of emulation for his kindness, integrity, and enthusiasm for helping others. His technical work continues to have a direct impact on the safety of others.