William J. Hall Ph.D., B.S., Civil Engineering, 1948

Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois
1985 DESA Recipient
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Hall was honored for his devotion to research and education. He conducted research in structural engineering, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He won a Walter L. Huber American Society of Civil Engineers Research Award and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He also achieved Fellow status in ASCE.


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