Sam Kiger named Engineering Fellow
Sam Kiger, associate dean of research for the University of Missouri College of Engineering, was recently recognized for his many contributions to the civil engineering profession. Kiger, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for over 30 years, was elected as Fellow by the ASCE in October.
Originally from Oklahoma, Kiger earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois in theoretical and applied mechanics. He spent 16 years working for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, was civil engineering department chair at the University of West Virginia for seven years and has traveled all over the world conducting research. He has many fond memories of interesting research projects, the majority of which he cannot discuss.
Among his many projects, Kiger has worked in the areas of nuclear weapon missile silo design and target vulnerability. Funding for his work has been provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
An unclassified project that he greatly enjoyed was working on the design of the huge underground war headquarters for NATO in Brussels in the early 1980s.
“We had to create a design and test it for high explosive shock,” Kiger said.
He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Shock and Vibration Effects, was recognized as the 1985 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year for his work in explosion resistant structural analysis and design, and has co-authored over 100 technical papers and reports.
Kiger came to Mizzou in 1995 as professor and chair of civil engineering and currently serves as associate dean of research.
“I’ve always kept my hand in academia and teaching because I really enjoy it,” Kiger said.
At present, his research is focusing on projects related to explosion resistant windows and the effects of explosives on cable stayed bridges.
Kiger will be honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. with other elected fellows from across the nation in March.
“It really is a great honor to be recognized by your peers,” Kiger said.