Ashraf Habibullah

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Ashraf Habibullah, S.E.
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Ashraf Habibullah, S.E.
Nationality Pakistani American
Education University of California, Berkeley (M.S. 1970),
NED University of Engineering and Technology (B.S. 1969)
Engineering career
Discipline Structural Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Software
Practice name Computers and Structures, Inc.
(Founder, President, and CEO)
Significant advance SAP2000
CSiBridge
ETABS
SAFE
PERFORM-3D
CSiCOL
Awards ATC-ENR Top Seismic Product of the 20th Century
SEAONC H. J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award
ACI Charles S. Whitney Medal
SEAONC Community Involvement Award
ASCE George Winter Award
Contra Costa County Arts Recognition Award
San Francisco Business Arts Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Arts Community
University of California, Berkeley Civil and Environment Engineering - Academy of Distinguished Alumni
University of California, Berkeley Foundation Trustees' Citation Award [1]
Signature
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Ashraf Habibullah is a structural engineer [2] and software developer best known as the founder, President, and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc.,[3] a structural and earthquake engineering software company based in Berkeley, California.[4] Upon founding the privately held company in 1975, Ashraf co-created the first structural-engineering software available to the personal computer,[5] and has since created a suite of products, and developed their capabilities. Notably, ETABS, a multi-story building analysis and design software, received recognition as the Applied Technology Council and Engineering News-Record Top Seismic Product of the 20th Century.[6][7][8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Structural Engineering[edit]

In 2010, Ashraf received the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) H. J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award for changing "the practice of structural engineering for the better with his development of efficient and usable structural analysis programs".[9][10]

Additional recognition includes the 2011 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Charles S. Whitney Medal for "development of world-class computer applications",[11][12]

The 2000 SEAONC Community Involvement Award for "enhancing the life safety, environmental health, and economic well being of the public".[13]

Habibullah is the recipient of many of Berkeley’s highest distinctions. A charismatic speaker, Habibullah addresses graduates of University of California, Berkeley, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials program at its annual spring luncheon. His enthusiasm about the transformational benefits of his Berkeley education and the contributions of structural engineers to the well-being of society inspires graduates, faculty, and friends of the department each year. In 2013, he was inducted into the CEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni,[14] which recognizes professional achievements and service to Berkeley.

With his longtime professional ties to Berkeley, Habibullah has emerged as one of the university’s most creative leaders, donors, and fundraisers. He radiates pride in Berkeley, commitment to its continued excellence, and deep affection for the faculty who guided him. Habibullah has long supported the work of CEE. He makes regular unrestricted donations to help the department meet critical funding needs. In 2014, he received a University of California, Berkeley Foundation Trustees' Citation Award [15] for his service to campus fundraising.

Arts and Culture[edit]

Ashraf Habibullah, S.E. addressing guests at Computers and Structures, Inc.'s 40th Anniversary Party, San Francisco City Hall Rotunda

Ashraf founded the Engineers' Alliance for the Arts in 1997 [16] such that school children may explore the artistic aspects of technology and structural engineering.[17] For this "commitment to the social and artistic needs of the community",[18] Ashraf received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) George Winter Award in 2005.[19][20]

Another contribution to arts and culture, Ashraf co-founded Diablo Ballet in 1993,[21][22] for which he received the 1998 Arts Recognition Award from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County.[23]

For his involvement with both Diablo Ballet and the Engineers' Alliance for the Arts, Ashraf received the San Francisco Business Arts Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Arts Community in 2004.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UC Berkeley (2014). "University of California, Berkeley Foundation Awards Program". 
  2. ^ "Search Results for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, Ashraf Habibullah". Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. California Department of Consumer Affairs. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Key Note Speaker Ashraf Habibullah, Biography (PDF). NEDAASC 2009 International Convention. Embassy Suites, Anaheim, California: NED Alumni Association of Southern California. July 18, 2009. p. 6. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Computers and Structures, Inc. in Berkeley, CA". Business Listing. Yellow Pages. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "ETABS receives "Top Seismic Product of the 20th Century" Award" (PDF). Press Release. Structure Magazine. 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ETABS receives "Top Seismic Product of the 20th Century" Award" (PDF). Press Release. Structure Magazine. 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top Seismic Products and Programs of the 20th Century" (PDF). Products Programs. Applied Technology Council. 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "ETABS: Top Seismic Product of the Century". Awards. CSihellas. 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ephraim Hirsch (July 2010). "June 1st Annual Business Meeting Re-Cap" (PDF). Structural Engineers Association of Northern California News, Vol. XIII, No. 7. Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ashraf Habibullah (2010). Ashraf Habibullah receives the H. J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award (Motion picture). San Francisco, CA. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (August 2011). "2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards". San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) advertorial supplement. 
  12. ^ American Concrete Institute (2011). "American Concrete Institute Awards". Charles S. Whitney Medal. American Concrete Institute. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (2003). "SEAONC Community Involvement Awards, Past Recipients". SEAONC Public Affairs and Membership Committee. Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ UC Regents (2013). "Academy of Distinguished Alumni". Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ UC Berkeley (2014). "University of California, Berkeley Foundation Awards Program". 
  16. ^ "Community Involvement". Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ "ZoomInfo Profile, Ashraf Habibullah". ZoomInfo. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Winter Award, George". Award for achievement. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2005 Structures Congress & Exposition, Metropolis & Beyond, SEI Awards Luncheon" (PDF). Structural Columns. Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Winter Past Award Winners". Table of recipients. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  21. ^ Jonas, Lauren (2011). "dancing through life". 86 degrees Central County Living. Tricia Piquero (05): 74. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ Natalie O'Neill (2003). "Diablo Ballet". Danville Express. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  23. ^ Maitland Zane (July 31, 1998). "County Applauds Arts Advocates". SF Gate article. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  24. ^ Don Cushing (November 2004). "Structural Engineer to be honored by the San Francisco Business Arts Council" (PDF). Structural Engineers Association of Northern California News, Vol. LIX, No. 11. Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). p. 5. Retrieved April 20, 2012.