Louis Geschwindner
Louis F. Geschwindner, PhD, PE

Professor Emeritus of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Engineering Unit A
University Park, PA 16802
Vice-President, American Institute of Steel Construction

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Email: lfg@psu.edu


1977 Ph. D., Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University 

1970 M.S., Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

1967 B.S., Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Professional affiliations: Past chairman of the Committee on Design of Steel Building Structures and the Committee on Metals, Co-chair of the Tension Membrane Structures Standards Committee, of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE). Member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, Chair of its technical committee on Member Design, TC – 4, and member of the editorial committee, TC – 2. Member of the AISC Connection Prequalification Review Panel.

Research Areas: design of steel buildings, drift control, semi-rigid connections, leaning columns, nonlinear static and dynamic analysis of steel framed buildings, resistance of steel structures

Teaching: Has taught the full range of lower and upper division courses in the areas of structural analysis and design for buildings; including basic and advanced steel design, basic and advanced concrete design, indeterminate structural analysis, analysis of special structures, Computer applications to structures.

Honors and Awards

  • Penn State Engineering Society Service Award, College-Wide Award, 2008.
  • Best Paper Award, AISC Engineering Journal, National Award, 2005
  • T.R.Higgins Lectureship Award, American Institute of Steel Construction, national award 2000
  • Penn State Engineering Society Faculty Service Award, College-Wide Award, 1993.
  • Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advising Award, College-Wide Award, 1991.
  • AT&T Foundation Award for Excellence, Middle Atlantic Section of ASEE, 1987.
  • Penn State Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award, College-Wide Award, 1988.
  • Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching Award, College-Wide Award, 1986.
  • AMOCO Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, a University-Wide Award, 1986.

Selected Publications: Journal Articles

Nanni, Antonio, Geschwindner, Louis F., and Pardo, Jorge, "Performance of a Concrete Masonry Slab System-Preliminary Results", Proceedings, Fifth North American Masonry Conference, Vol 3, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., June 3-6, 1990, pp. 1029-1039. 

Geschwindner, Louis F. and Ostag, William P., "Performance of a Concrete Masonry Slab System-Preliminary Results", Proceedings, Fifth North American Masonry Conference, Vol 3., Urbana-Champaign, Ill., June, 1990, pp. 1123-1134.

Nanni, Antonio and Geschwindner, Louis F., "Design and Testing of Masonry Slab System", The Masonry Society Journal, The Masonry Society, Vol. 9, No. 2, February, 1991, pp.36-46.

Geschwindner, Louis F., "A Simplified Look at Partially Restrained Beams", Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Vol. 28, No. 2, Second Quarter, 1991, pp. 73-78.

Ikwut-Ukwa, Uche, Sanvido, Victor E., and Geschwindner, Louis F., "A Practice Based Structural Design Information Model (SDIM)", Journal of Management in Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 7, No. 4, October, 1991, pp 390-411.

Geschwindner, L.F., "The Leaning Column in ASD and LRFD," Proceedings, National Steel Construction Conference, Orlando, March 1993, AISC, pp. 19.1-19.17.

Carter, Charles J., and Geschwindner, L. F., "The Economic Impact of Overspecifying Simple Connections," Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Vol. 30, No. 1, First Quarter, 1993, pp. 34-36.

Geschwindner, L.F., "A Practical Approach to the Leaning Column", Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fourth Quarter, 1994, pp. 141- 149.

Geschwindner, L.F., "Practical Design of Unbraced Moment Frames with Leaning Columns", Proceedings of the Structures Congress 13, Boston, Mass., April 2-5, 1995, ASCE, pp 527-542.

Geschwindner, L. F., "Penn State Architectural Engineering", Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 1, No.3, September 1995, pp. 133-139.

Geschwindner, L.F., "Architectural Engineering - Engineering Education for the 21st. Century," Proceedings of the Construction Congress, San Diego, October, 1995, pp. 314-321.

Khudada, A. E., Geschwindner, L. F., "Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of Steel Frames by Modal Superposition," Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol.123, No. 11, November, 1997, pp. 1519-1527.

Geschwindner, L. F., "A Practical Look at Frame Analysis, Stability, and Leaning Columns," Proceedings of the North American Steel Construction Conference, Las Vegas, February 23-25, 2000, AISC, pp. 1.1-1.29.

Geschwindner, L. F., “A Practical Look at Frame Analysis, Stability and Leaning Columns, 2000 T. R. Higgins Award Paper”, AISC Engineerinfg Journal, 4th Quarter, 2002.

Geschwindner, L. F. and R. O. Disque, “Flexible Moment Connections for Unbraced Frames Subject to Lateral Forces – A Return to Simplicity,” AISC Engineering Journal, 2nd Quarter, 2005.

Geschwindner, L. F., “Evolution of Shear Lag and Block Shear Provisions in the AISC Specification,” AISC Engineering Journal, 4th Quarter, 2006.

Geschwindner, L. F., “Recent Developments in Connection Design in AISC 360-10,” Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Connections in Steel Structures, Ed. Bjorhovde, R., Bijlaard, S. K., and Geschwindner, L.F.,  AISC June 23-25, 2008.

Carter, C. J. , and L. F. Geschwindner, “A Comparison of Frame Stability Analysis Methods in ANSI/AISC 360-05,” AISC Engineering Journal, 3rd Quarter, 2008.


Geschwindner, Louis F., "Special Structures", Section 4, Structural Steel Designer's Handbook, 3rd Edition, Frederick S. Merritt and Roger Brockenbrough, Editors, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1999, pp. 4.1-4.61.

Geschwindner, L.F., "Torsion," Chapter 4, Steel Design Handbook - LRFD Method, A. R. Tamboli, Editor, McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1997, pp. 4.1-4.31.

Air-Supported Structures, ASCE Standard 17-96, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, 1997. Responsible for authoring document.

Geschwindner, Louis F., "Special Structures", Section 4, Structural Steel Designer's Handbook, Ed. Frederick S. Merritt and Roger Brockenbrough, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1993.

Geschwindner, L.F., Disque, R.O., and Bjorhovde, R., "Load and Resistance Factor Design of Steel Structures", Prentice Hall, 1993.

Geschwindner, L. F., Chapter 5 Contributor, "Guidelines for Design of Low-Rise Buildings Subjected to Lateral Forces," Ajaya Kumar Gupta and Peter James Moss, Editors, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla. 1993.

Geschwindner, L. F., Supporting Computer Programs for "Fundamentals of Structural Analysis", by H. H. West, John Wiley & Sons, 1993.

West, H.H., and L. F. Geschwindner, “Fundamentals of Structural Analysis,” 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

Geschwindner, L. F., “Unified Design of Steel Structrures,” John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

This page is maintained by Louis Geschwindner, lfg@psu.edu, Last updated March 4, 2009.