Stephen Pessiki, a professor of structural engineering in the department of civil and environmental engineering, travelled to Malaysia recently for a global conference on the sustainability of the built environment. An expert in the behavior and design of structures, Pessiki was one of three plenary speakers invited to the 2012 International Conference on Civil, Offshore, and Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE) in Kuala Lampur.
Pessiki's lecture focused on the differences between traditional seismic construction and unbonded post-tensioned construction. Many new concepts in seismic design, based on research conducted at Lehigh's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center by Pessiki and colleagues James Ricles and Richard Sause, are now being implemented in the United States and abroad. The trip to Malaysia is a road often taken for Pessiki, who's been traveling there since 2010 with faculty and students to explore research collaborations through Lehigh's office of international affairs (OIA).