The paper, "Structural Reliability Assessment with Ambiguity and Vagueness in Failure" in the May 1992 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal is a significant contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering. It easily meets all the selection criteria, particularly in its originality and quality of presentation, making it worthy of recognition by the Society.
The application of vagueness to structural failure through the use of fuzzy sets and systems has the potential for significantly enhancing structural reliability methods. The authors have developed methodology using this approach that establishes a sound foundation for further development and adaptation to the naval engineering environment.
In promoting the advancement of the state-of-the-art through its complete, well structured presentation, this paper epitomizes the mission of the Society and the Naval Engineers Journal. It constitutes a definite contribution to the naval engineering profession and to its literature and is indeed worthy to receive the 1992 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.