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Aleksandar Sedmak Vesic

civil engineer , educator.

Aleksandar Sedmak Vesic, civil engineer, educator. Recipient prize scholastic achievement National Committee Universities Yugoslavia, 1949; 3d prize competition design Sava River bridge, 1953; Chi Epsilon award as outstanding professor сivil engineering, 1967; Highway Research Board award for paper special merit National Research Council, 1969; Overseas fellow Churchill College, Cambridge (England) University, 1970.


Vesic, Aleksandar Sedmak was born on August 8, 1924 in Resan-Bitolj, Yugoslavia. Son of Bozidar P. and Teofanija (Jancic) Vesic.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering with highest honor, U. Belgrade, 1950, C.E., 1952, Doctor of Science, 1956. Postgraduate, U. Manchester, England, 1957, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959, U. Ghent, Belgium, 1957-1958. Honorary Doctor, U. Ghent, Belgium, 1980.

Engineering aide Bureau Reclamation, Belgrade, 1942-1944. Instructor U. Belgrade, 1949-1952. Civil engineer large dam Drina I and Corps Engineers, Yugoslav Army, 1952-1953.

Also construction engineering, Belgrade, 1952-1956. Lecturer U. Belgrade. Also consultant National Institute Testing Materials, 1953-1956.

Research engineer National Geotechnical Institute Belgium, Ghent, 1956-1958. Assistant professor, then associate professor сivil engineering Georgia Institute Technology, 1958-1964, also construction engineering, Atlanta. Professor сivil engineering Duke, 1964-1971, J.A. Jones professor, 1971-1982, department chairman, 1968-1974, dean engineering, 1974-1982.

Construction engineering, Durham, 1964-1982. Fellow Churchill College, Cambridge (England) University, 1971-1972. Chairman committee theory pavement design Highway.


Research Board, 1965-1970. Member of advisory panel pavements, nat. cooperative highway research program National Academy Sciences, 1967-1982. General reporter 3d Panam.

Conference, Caracas, 1968, 5th Conference, Buenos Aires, 1975. Vice president main session 5th European Conference, Madrid, 1972.


  • Author: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations, 1971. Also, papers.

  • Editor, contributor: Bearing Capacity and Settlement of Foundations, 1967.


Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (Chairman of Commission deep founds. 1968-1974, Thomas A. Middlebrooks award 1974). Member International Society Soil Mechanics, International Association Bridge and Structural Engineers, American Society Engineering Education, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Duke U. Engineering Alumni Association (Distinguished Service award 1981), Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon (honorary), Tau Beta Pi (honorary).

Member Venezuelan Society Soil Mech. Found Engineering; member Colombian Geotechnical Society. Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Milena Sedmak, May 5, 1946.

Bozidar P. Vesic

Teofanija (Jancic) Vesic

Milena Sedmak