Architectural engineer recognized with inaugural national award | Penn State University
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Institute of Building Sciences presented John Messner, the Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, with the inaugural NIBS Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting on Sept. 28. Messner was one of six members and organizations to receive recognition from the national organization.
NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization established by Congress in 1974 to identify and resolve challenges in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Members include representatives from a variety of stakeholders in the built environment.
“NIBS is at the forefront of leadership in national infrastructure, bringing government, industry and academia together to elevate our nation’s infrastructure into greater resilience and solve the grand challenges of our built environment,” said Sez Atamturktur, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and head of the Department of Architectural Engineering. Atamturktur was elected to the NIBS board of directors earlier this year. “Dr. Messner exemplifies the strong national leadership and service we expect from Penn State architectural engineering faculty and is consistent with our land-grant mission.”
Messner joined NIBS 10 years ago to co-chair a committee developing technical standards for Building Information Modeling (BIM), which focuses on the development and use of structural data to support the lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure projects across the country.
“The national BIM standard helps everyone speak the same data language to facilitate clear communication between all the groups involved from design to construction to operations,” Messner said. “My contribution, along with other volunteers, involves developing a process to help project teams organize their plan for sharing information to develop a common understanding, so that ideally every project organization’s software can understand the information.”