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2018 Klein Lecture: Urban Engineering: New Designs for a Resilient and Sustainable Future


240 Egan

March 19, 2018 3:00 pm
March 19, 2018 3:00 pm

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome F. Hajjar will give the 54th Annual Robert D. Klein Lecture on Urban Engineering: New Designs for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.

The lecture will be broadcast live on the COE Facebook page.

Reception to follow in Raytheon Amphitheater.


The Klein University Lecturer Award was established in 1964 upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate and honors a member of the faculty who has contributed with distinction to his or her own field of study.  The University Lecture enables that faculty member to share the fruits of that scholarship with the University community and the general public.  In 1979, the award was renamed in tribute to the late Robert D. Klein, professor of mathematics, chairman of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee, and vice chairman of the Faculty Senate. 

Dr. Hajjar’s research examines the confluence of opportunities and national and international grand challenges that influence directions in the design of urban regions as populations expand. This lecture will summarize new developments to create resilient and sustainable cities through research on the built environment across five themes.

Dr. Hajjar is the Director of the Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS Laboratory).  His research and teaching interests include analysis, experimental testing, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete structures, regional modeling and assessment of infrastructure systems, and earthquake engineering. He has published over 200 papers and authored or edited four books on these topics.  Dr. Hajjar serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications and several of its task committees that write the national design specification for steel and composite buildings.  He is the past chair of the Executive Committee of the Technical Activities Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and has chaired or been a member of numerous other committees nationally and internationally.

He was made a Fellow of ASCE in 2007 and of SEI in 2013, and was awarded the 2016 ASCE Moisseiff Award, the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, the 2009 ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award, the 2005 AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award, the 2004 AISC Special Achievement Award, the 2003 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and the 2000 ASCE Norman Medal for his research on steel structures, composite construction, structural stability, and earthquake engineering.