Remembering Mete Sözen, 1930-2018

Published on April 27, 2018


Mete A. Sözen, Karl H. Kettelhut Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, died unexpectedly on April 5, 2018, just a few weeks before what would have been his 88th birthday. Mete was in London, England, with his wife Joan visiting their daughter Ayshe and two grandsons when he fell peacefully to sleep.

His passing marks the end of an era. Few people have guided and nurtured a field the way Mete led earthquake and structural engineering: his work and influence related to reinforced concrete systems spanned six decades. He had a profound effect on many people and will long be remembered fondly by those who came into contact with him. His impact was so compelling that he earned the admiration of many generations of students, friends and colleagues and fellow engineers.

In memory of Mete, a group of friends and colleagues, including many members of the NHERI community, recorded their memories about this remarkable man. We encourage you to read about his life and legacy.

Mete A. Sozen: A Collection of Personal Remembrances