Peter Marti

Professor of Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich

Science and Art of Structural Engineering
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Friday,April 17, 2015– 4:30 pm

Location: Sinclair Lab Auditorium, Lehigh University, 7 Asa Drive, Bethlehem, PA

Peter Marti, Professor of Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: After his studies in civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Dr. Peter Marti was a lecturer at the ETH (1980-1982), associate professor of structural engineering at the University of Toronto (1982-1987), and chief technical officer of VSL International (1987-1990). From 1990 to his retirement in 2014 he was professor of structural engineering at the ETH, lecturing and researching in the areas of theory of structures and structural concrete. He was chairman of various technical committees, including ACI-ASCE Joint Committee 445 “Shear and Torsion”, fib Commission 4 “Modeling of Structural Behavior and Design” and the Swiss Structural Concrete Code Committee SIA 162, and he founded the Society for the Art of Civil Engineering. As a consulting engineer, reviewer and jury member for competitions he has been responsible for many challenging building, bridge and tunnel projects.

Science and Art of Structural Engineering:The talk reviews the historical background and current practice of structural engineering. Key developments in material and construction technology are highlighted and the related evolution of scientific knowledge is illustrated. Future challenges and implications for code development and education are addressed.

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