Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering



Kavanagh Lecture - Biographical Sketch

The Second Annual Thomas C. Kavanagh Memorial Structural Engineering Lecture

April 6, 1994

7:30 pm

Applied Research Laboratory Auditorium

New Approaches for Highway Bridge Safety


Dr. Fred Moses
Professor and Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Pittsburgh


Fred Moses is professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Moses received a B.C.E. from the City College of New York in 1960 and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963. He joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University where he became professor of civil engineering. In 1992 he assumed his present position at the University of Pittsburgh. Sabbatical years have been spent at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (1966), the Technion in Haifa (1972), Imperial College (1981), and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (1991).

Professor Moses has performed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Ohio DOT, Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Research Board, American Petroleum Institute and other agencies in industry and government. Dr. Moses' research interests have included stability, optimization, structural safety, system reliability, offshore platform reliability, and bridge load models and measurement systems. He developed a load and resistance specification for design of fixed offshore platforms published by the American Petroleum Institute. This document is now going forward as a proposed International Standard Organization (ISO) specification t be used worldwide. He is also a co-recipient of a patent for a bridge weigh-in-motion system.

Dr. Moses has chaired the ASCE Bridge Safety Committee. He has also served on the new AASHTO Bridge Design Code Committee as well as worked on all three editions of the Ontario Highway Bridge Design Code. Dr. Moses has written three recent AASHTO Guide Specifications related to bridge capacity rating, remaining life evaluation, and fatigue design procedures. In addition, he has contributed to the recent AASHTO Maintenance Inspection Manual and an AASHTO procedure for rating by bridge testing. He was also co-chair of the ASCE National Conference on Inspection and Maintenance of Existing Highway and Railroad Bridges. He has been involved in numerous bridge tests for rating evaluation and has developed several testing and weigh-in-motion systems for Ohio DOT, FHWA, and other state agencies. One of his studies included a methodology to prescribe truck weight permit fees based on damage assessment.

He has presented over 100 papers and seminars, including numerous talks to state bridge engineers, TRB conferences, and AASHTO committees. Professor Moses is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Engineering and won the ASCE 1987 Arthur M. Wellington Prize for a paper on bridge design codes. In 1987, he gave the Arthur J. Boase Lecture in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado.