In Memoriam, Helmut Krawinkler

It is with great sadness we convey that Helmut Krawinkler, the John A. Blume Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Stanford University, passed away on April 16, 2012. Professor Krawinkler underwent surgery for a brain tumor this past February and was undergoing follow up treatment when he died suddenly at his home in Los Altos, CA.

Krawinkler joined the Stanford faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1973 and “retired” to emeritus status in 2007. He stayed active in teaching, research and professional practice until his death. He is best known for his research contributions in performance-based earthquake engineering, which were recognized most recently through his election to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor for an engineer in the U.S. Just this past week Professor Krawinkler received the 2012 George W. Housner Medal from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He is remembered by friends, colleagues, current and former students for his warm smile, kindness and love of life.

A memorial service will be held on May 30, 2012 at 3pm, Memorial Church, Stanford University. Visit Stanford's Memorial Page for more information.