Robert J. Connor received his B.S. in civil engineering from Drexel University before studying at Lehigh and eventually earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in the same field. After his Lehigh graduation, Connor managed ATLSS's Infrastructure Monitoring Program as a research engineer. His research interests include the fatigue and fracture of steel structures, field testing and remote monitoring of structures, fatigue performance and behavior of sign and lighting support structures, large scale structural testing in real time, and bridge expansion joint systems. Soon after leaving Lehigh to become an associate professor of civil engineering at Purdue University, Connor was recently chosen by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) to be the first recipient of the Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture. At Purdue Connor is currently developing fatigue design specifications for highway bridge structures, sign and signal structures, and bridge expansion joints for NCHRP and state agencies.
Connor currently resides in Indiana.