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2013 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series to kick off this month

The Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series returns in 2013 with a series of lectures, beginning this month with R. Shankar Nair, Senior Vice President exp US Services Inc.

Nair will kick off the first of three lectures on Friday, February 15 at 4:10 p.m. with a discussion on "The Evolution of the Skyscraper."

The presentation will outline the history of the skyscraper, including several topics, including the invention of the safe passenger elevator, which made tall buildings usable; the invention of the metal-framed structure, which made them economical; the rapid increase in height from the 10-story Home Insurance Building in 1885 to the 102-story Empire State Building that took place just 46 years later.

Though presented primarily from a structural engineering perspective, the presentation should be accessible to anyone interested in tall buildings.

The lecture series will continue with a visit in March by Modjeski and Masters Chairman and CEO John M. Kulicki on "Observations on AASHTO Bridge Design."

The final lecture in April will feature UC Irvine Research Professor Alfredo H-S. Ang on "Minimizing the Effects of Uncertainties in Developing Reliability-Based Design Criteria."

All of the lectures will be held at Sinclair Lab Auditorium. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.lehigh.edu/~infrk

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R. Shankar Nair

R. Shankar Nair, Senior Vice President exp US Services Inc.