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ASE Gift Establishes AISC Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Awards

Thanks to a generous donation from the Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago, the American Institute of Steel Construction’s award for outstanding young educators is now dedicated to a remarkable man.

The Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Awards are named in honor of the late Terry Peshia, Chairman & CEO of Garbe Iron Works Inc., in Aurora, Ill. The awards, which recognize tenure-track faculty who demonstrate exceptional promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching, and other contributions to the structural steel industry, will now come with a $2,500 honorarium.

“Terry spent his career promoting and contributing to the steel industry locally as well as nationally,” said ASE President Timothy Harkins. “For all those years of service, the Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago is in his debt and we are pleased to honor his memory in this way.”

Peshia was very involved with ASE activities and served as Chair of the AISC Board of Directors. Many of his leadership traits also characterize great educators, which is why the new Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Awards are such a fitting tribute.

“Terry’s influence and impact on the steel industry cannot be overstated,” said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD. “A master of appropriate, helpful criticism, he also was your strongest supporter as you adapted to resolve it. His vision was always of what could be. His talent was orchestrating it to happen.”

The winners of the 2021 Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Awards will be announced early next year.

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