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‚Äč1987 Alumni Achievement Awards

Jerome F. Brasch
BSChE '44
Alumni Achievement Award

Jerome F. Brasch is president of Brasch Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, and MarCraft, Incorporated. Brasch Manufacturing builds electric space heating equipment for industrial, commercial, and institutional applications. MarCraft manufactures custom air conditioning and heat transfer equipment for industrial, institutional and specialized commercial applications.

Mr. Brasch received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in 1944, and his M.S. from Washington University in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer from 1944 to 1946 and was an instructor in mathematics at Washington University's University College from 1946 to 1966.

Mr. Brasch was the 1984-85 president of the St. Louis Electrical Board, an organization of 1,150 members from the electrical industry. He is currently president of the United Hebrew Congregation and serves as vice president of the American Society of Technion. He also serves on the Board of Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Service and International Management Services, Incorporated.

In addition, Mr. Brasch is the School of Engineering's chairman for the Alliance for Washington University, and is vice chairman for the Alumni Annual Fund as part of his service on the University's Alumni Board of Governors. He also chaired the Engineers' Scholarship Program Committee for four years and is still an active member of the committee. He is a past president of the School of Engineering Advisory Council, and, this year, he is on the 40th Anniversary Class Gift Committee. He received a Founders Day award from Washington University in 1985.

He has served for the past 27 years on the Industry Advisory Conference for the Underwriters' Laboratories, Incorporated, Standard 1096, covering electric duct heaters and central electric furnaces. He formerly served for six years on the Board of North St. Louis Trust Company, now known as Eagle Bank & Trust Company.

John W. Fisher

John W. Fisher
BSCE '56
Alumni Achievement Award

John W. Fisher has been a faculty member at Lehigh University since 1968. He became the first director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) at Lehigh in May, 1986.

Dr. Fisher received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Washington University in 1956 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 1958 and 1964, respectively.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Fatigue and Fracture, the American Institute of Steel Construction Specification Advisory Committee, and the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Critical Engineering Systems.

Dr. Fisher has authored 150 publications for various technical journals and contributed to four books. Among these publications, he most recently authored Fatigue and Fracture in Steel Bridges in 1984.

A structural engineer, Dr. Fisher specializes in structural connections, the fatigue and fracture resistance of riveted, bolted and welded structures, and the behavior and design of composite steel-concrete members.

He received the American Society of Civil Engineers research prize in 1969. In 1984 he was recognized by the Engineering News Record for his contribution to bridge design and inspection for fatigue and fracture.

In 1985, Dr. Fisher was corecipient of the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award at Lehigh. He was visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland in 1982. In 1983, he was named the Institution of Engineer's Civil College Eminent Overseas Speaker by the Institute of Engineers, Australia. And, in 1985 he was Senior Visiting Scholar to the People's Republic of China. Dr. Fisher was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1986.

Most recently, Dr. Fisher received the 1986 Engineering Construction Man of the Year Award.

A. Carl Weber

A. Carl Weber
BSArchE & CE'30
Alumni Achievement Award

A. Carl Weber, since his retirement in 1984 as president and chairman of the Board of Midwestern Joists, Incorporated, has been a consulting engineer specializing in structural applications.

Mr. Weber received his Bachelor of Science Degree in architectural and civil engineering from Washington University in 1930. After graduation, Mr. Weber began his career at Laclede Steel Company. He retired in 1972 after 42 years with the company in capacities ranging from arc welder to plant engineer and ultimately to vice president of research and engineering, a position he held for 12 years. While with Laclede, Mr. Weber was personally responsible for such innovative designs as the straight chord steel joist, used world wide in construction today; continuously reinforced pavement, now the standard for major highways in 42 states; high strength deformed reinforcing bars; and drawn wire with deformations for improved concrete anchorage. He holds the patents involved in all these engineering features.

One of Laclede's more prominent projects during Mr. Weber's tenure was the structural steel floor design for the World Trade Towers in New York. The floor was a prefabricated composite construction which saved millions of dollars in the cost of the buildings. Among other designs developed by Mr. Weber while at Laclede Steel Company are the structural roofs and floors for the Los Angeles Coliseum and many office building and housing projects throughout the nation.

Mr. Weber served as a director and treasurer of the Engineers' Club of St. Louis and in 1968 was made an honorary member of that club. He has received honorary memberships and awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Missouri and National Professional Engineering Societies.

In addition, he has served as president of both Washington University's Alumni Association and its Research Foundation. He was also chairman of the School of Engineering Advisory Council.

Erwin F. Branahl
BSCE '43
Alumni Achievement Award

Erwin F. Branahl was Executive Vice President of McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company from 1985 until his retirement in 1987. Earlier he had been Vice-President of Engineering (1968) and Vice-President-General Manager (1974). In addition, he held the position of Corporate Vice-President beginning in 1978 until retirement.

Mr. Branahl received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1943 from Washington University on full academic scholarship and his Masters of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from Washington University in 1951. He attended Bowdoin College for six months in 1944 for Naval Pre-Radar studies and attended M.I.T. in 1945 for eight months for Airborne Radar Training.

Mr. Branahl began his career as a stress analyst in 1943 for Curtis-Wright. His career was interrupted by World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy as a Radar Maintenance Officer. In 1946 he returned to St. Louis to begin his 41-year relationship with McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company where he was a key participant in NASA's Mercury Spacecraft, Gemini Spacecraft, Skylab, and Shuttle Orbiter Programs. He was also intrinsically involved in the USN Harpoon Missile, the USN/USAF Tomahawk Cruise Missile, the USAF Satellite Laser Communication System, and the Commercial Automated Clinical Microbiology (VITEK) Programs, amongst many others.

Mr. Branahl was a member of the USN Laboratory Advisory Board for Air Welfare, and is currently a member of the Navy League, the American Defense Preparedness Association, the National Aeronautic Association, the National Space Institute, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was Vice-President of McDonnell Douglas' Employee Charity Board. Mr. Branahl served on the Board of Directors for the Greater St. Louis Council of Lutheran Churches. He currently serves on the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Chancellor's Advisory Council.