2023 Fazlur R. Khan
Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring a legacy in structural engineering and architecture  


Distinguished Lecturers    

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TOM O'ROURKE
Thomas R Briggs Professor of Engineering Emeritus,
School of Civil and
Environmental Engineering,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY

 

GUY NORDENSON
Guy Nordenson and Associates, Partner
Structural Engineers LLP,
New York, NY

Professor of Architecture
and Structural Engineering,
School of Architecture,
Princeton University,
Princeton, NJ

 

KUMARES C SINHA
Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of
Civil Engineering,
Lyles School of
Civil Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN


Next Generation Hazard Resilient Infrastructure

 


Working Structures

 


Next Generation Urban Transportation, Urban Living, and the Role of Tall Buildings



 

TOM O'ROURKE

Thomas R Briggs Professor of Engineering Emeritus,
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Next Generation Hazard Resilient Infrastructure

Friday, February 24, 2023– 4:30 pm

Location: Whitaker Lab 303, Lehigh University, 5 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA Lecture will also be live streamed, (must REGISTER HERE for live stream link)

Overview:

Resilient underground infrastructure can accommodate large ground deformation from earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, adjacent construction, and subsidence. Professor O’Rourke will describe how ten new pipeline and conduit systems have been developed and commercialized using a protocol of large-scale tests and fault rupture experiments. The development and validation of analytical models for the soil-structure interaction of these systems are also described. Examples are used to illustrate the composition and performance of hazard resilient infrastructure. Next steps in the development of this technology are discussed, which include the incorporation of smart sensors.

MORE DETAILS available on O'Rourke's presentation. (PDF)


 

GUY NORDENSON

Guy Nordenson and Associates, Partner
Structural Engineers LLP, New York, NY

Professor of Architecture and Structural Engineering, School of Architecture,
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Working Structures

Friday, March 31, 2023 – 4:30 pm

Location: Whitaker Lab 303, Lehigh University, 5 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA Lecture will also be live streamed, (must REGISTER HERE for live stream link)

Overview:

What is the role of the structural engineer in her and his collaborations with architects and artists? Fazlur Khan and Joseph Colaco collaborated with William Hartmann on the 1967 Chicago Picasso. How do we characterize that role as compared to the collaborations on Khan’s more famous works? What are the critical concepts that can account for the creative contributions of the different participants in key works of architecture? And what civic roles can engineers play in addressing the pressing needs of cities both in the climate crisis but also in the case of transformative events such as 9-11? This talk will review these questions from the perspective of the speaker’s participation in recent projects with architects and artists and also efforts to address the challenges of coastal resilience.

MORE DETAILS availalable on Nordenson's presentation. (PDF)


 

KUMARES C SINHA

Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Lyles School of Civil Engineering,
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Next Generation Urban Transportation, Urban Living, and the Role of Tall Buildings

Friday, April 28, 2023 – 4:30 pm

Location: Whitaker Lab 303, Lehigh University, 5 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA Lecture will also be live streamed, (must REGISTER HERE for live stream link)

Overview:

Profound changes are taking place in how we live, go to work, do shopping, spend leisure hours, and ship and receive our goods and products, all influenced by emerging technologies and the attendant evolution in our transportation sector. The process of transformation is accentuated by changes in socio-economic characteristics of urban residents caused by pandemic-era contact restrictions and massive growth in telecommunications. The presentation will examine possible long-term cumulative impacts of these changes on urban living with particular emphasis on urban forms and the role of tall buildings.

MORE DETAILS availalable on Sinha's presentation. (PDF)



1 PDH will be awarded to eligible attendees for each lecture


2023 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series Poster
(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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Willis (formerly Sears) Tower

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