Missouri S&T professor recognized for outstanding contributions to advanced materials

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On June 12, 2020

Drs. Joel Burken and John Myers in Butler-Carlton Hall with Myers' IAAM fellow award certificate

Dr. Joel Burken (L), chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, and Dr. John Myers (R) with Myers’ IAAM Fellow Award certificate. Photo by Joann Stiritz, Missouri S&T.

Dr. John J. Myers, deputy director of the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation and professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T, has been elected as a fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) in recognition of his research in materials science, engineering and technology.

“John has been a true leader in the field of advanced material development for structural engineering applications and standardization,” says Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, IAAM secretary general and editor-in-chief of Advanced Materials Letters. “His efforts and contributions to the development and deployment of high-performance concrete, polymers and other composites over nearly three decades have extended the service life and sustainability of bridges and other structures. We are proud to have John join our ranks as a fellow of the IAAM.”

According to Sweden-based IAAM, the honor of fellow is conferred upon deserving researchers around the world who have made significant original contributions to the field of advanced materials science and technology. The IAAM also hopes to motivate young, up-and-coming scientists and engineers to consider research as a long-term career.

“I am humbled and very grateful that a highly respected organization such as the IAAM recognizes my scholarly efforts and contributions,” says Myers. “It is deeply meaningful to me that my research can make a difference around the world.”

Myers joined the faculty at Missouri S&T in 1999. In 2019, while serving as associate dean for academic affairs in Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing, Myers led the development and implementation of the Summer Engineering Research Academy, a partnership with historically black colleges and universities to encourage students from underrepresented groups to further their education in engineering.

“Dr. Myers is a strong contributor to Missouri S&T’s teaching and research mission, and he generously provides his talents and leadership on our campus and globally,” says Dr. Joel Burken, chair of the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department. “We are thrilled that the IAAM recognizes John’s accomplishments, and we are proud that he is a Miner.”

Myers is an honor member of the Academy of Civil Engineers. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, The Masonry Society and the International Institute of FRP (fiber-reinforced polymers) in Construction. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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