2009 Fazlur R. Khan
Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring a legacy in structural engineering and architecture  

Distinguished Lecturers    

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LESLIE E. ROBERTSON
  WILLIAM F. BAKER
  BRUCE R. ELLINGWOOD

The Architect & the Structural Engineer - Partners in Design
 
Engineering the World's Tallest: Burj Dubai
 
Abnormal Loads and Progressive Collapse - Assessment and Mitigation of Risk

 


 

LESLIE E. ROBERTSON

Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P., New York, NY

The Architect & the Structural Engineer - Partners in Design
(click to view video)

Friday, February 20th, 2009
4:10 P.M.

Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium

Overview:

The pendulum has swung from an extreme where the Engineer dominated the design of buildings and structures to an extreme where the Architect has become the nearly undisputed leader...sometimes with little or no concern of the talents, aesthetic sense, and opinions of the Engineer. This lecture examines a little of the messages to be found on both sides of this pendulum. As well, making use of a myriad of PowerPoint images, buildings and structures, large and small, will be examined in the light of the significant impact of the functional, the sustainable, and the aesthetic sense of the Structural Engineer.

MORE DETAILS available on Robertson's presentation.

 


 

WILLIAM F. BAKER

Structural & Civil Engineering, Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago & London

Engineering the World's Tallest: Burj Dubai
(click to view video)

Friday, March 20th, 2009
4:10 P.M.

Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium

Overview:

The Burj Dubai represents the state-of-the- art in tall building design. Once completed, it will be not only the world's tallest building, but the tallest man-made structure ever created. From the project's initial concept design through construction, the combination of several important technological innovations results in a building of unprecedented height. This lecture will describe some of the structural design methods, materials, and construction technique which enable the creation of a superstructure that is both efficient and robust.

MORE DETAILS available on Baker's presentation.

 


 

BRUCE R. ELLINGWOOD

Distinguished Professor & the Raymond Allen Jones Chair
Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institue of Technology

Abnormal Loads and Progressive Collapse - Assessment and Mitigation of Risk
(click to view video)

Friday, April 17th, 2009
4:10 P.M.

Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium

Overview:

A progressive (or disproportionate) collapse is one that initiates from a local structural failure and propagates, by a chain reaction mechanism, into a failure that involves a major portion of the structural system and is disproportionate to the local initiating damage. Such collapses can initiate as a result of extreme environmental or abnormal loads or design/construction errors. Public awareness of building safety issues has increased markedly in recent years as a result of well-publicized natural and man-made disasters.

The presentation summarizes design strategies to minimize the likelihood of progressive collapse, and prospects for the0 implementation of general provisions in national standards such as ASCE Standard 7, Minimum design loads for buildings and other structures.

MORE DETAILS availalable on Dr. Ellingwood's presentation.

 



2009 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series Announcement Flyer
(PDF)

 

The Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series has been initiated and organized by Dan M. Frangopol, the first holder of Lehigh's Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture.

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The Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors Dr. Khan's legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture.