John B. Scalzi Research Award | An Overview

This award, named after Dr. John Scalzi of the National Science Foundation, is presented annually by The Masonry Society to honor an individual who has made an outstanding, lifetime contribution to masonry research.

TMS is accepting nominations for the Scalzi Research Award. To nominate someone for the award, please send a brief statement of why the candidate should be considered along with the candidate’s resume summarizing their contributions to masonry research to:

This award is presented annually at The Masonry Society's Annual Meeting.

Past Recipients of the John B. Scalzi Research Award are:

2016: Wael El-Dakhakhni
2015: Michael P. Schuller
2014: Richard M. Bennett
Wolfram Jäger
2012: W. Mark McGinley
2011: Jason M. Ingham

2010: Paulo Lorenco
2009: P. Benson Shing

2008: David I. McLean
2007: Arturo Schultz
2006: Max L. Porter
2005: Miha Tomazevic
2004: Ahmad A. Hamid
2003: John L. Dawe
2002: Luigia Binda
2001: Adrian Page
2000: Nigel Shrive
1999: Richard E. Klingner
1998: Nigel M.J. Priestley
1997: Daniel P. Abrams
1996: Richard H. Atkinson
1995: Russell H. Brown
1994: Arnold Hendry
1993: Clare B. Monk
1992: Robert G. Drysdale
1991: James L. Noland
1990: John B. Scalzi


John B. Scalzi

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Recognizing his leadership in innovative and creative masonry research, The Masonry Society created the John B. Scalzi Research Award to honor the work of Dr. Scalzi, and other researchers who demonstrate excellence in masonry research activities.

During his productive and influential career, Dr. John B. Scalzi served in many roles, although he is probably most well known for his contributions as the Program Director of Systems Engineering for Large Structures at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Earlier in his career, he was the program director of the Earthquake Engineering Section of NSF, and he worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Research Technology Division. He also served as Director of Marketing Technical Services for the United States Steel Corporation, was a Professor at Case- Western Preserve University and was a design engineer for the Curtis Wright Corporation.

While in the Earthquake Engineering Section of NSF, he perceived the need for research on structural masonry, and he initiated such work in the 1970’s. Moreover, he stimulated research on masonry through masonry workshops and through the funding of numerous masonry research projects, including providing significant financial support for the U.S. Coordinated Program for Masonry Building Research. His goal was to identify masonry research needs and then to accelerate the development of new and innovative masonry materials, construction methods and design techniques. In addition, because he recognized the deterioration of the nation’s infrastructure in the late 1970’s, he encouraged the development of evaluation and retrofit technologies. Likewise he also stimulated research in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of masonry in the 1980’s.

Dr. Scalzi passed away in 2006 after a distinguished career in which he accomplished much to better the building industry.

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