Distinguished Visiting Fellow Randall Poston to hold seminar, colloquium in April
Dr. Randall Poston, Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, Texas, will be holding a seminar and colloquium this April as a member of the inaugural class of Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows.
Dr. Poston's seminar, "One Collapse, Two Load Tests and Several Repairs," will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 4:30pm in HAMP 1144 (reception at 3:30pm in HAMP Wood Commons). On Friday, April 12th, and Saturday, April 13th, Dr. Poston will participate in the 4th Midwest Smart Structures Colloquium at Purdue. The opening talk is scheduled at 12:00pm on Friday, April 12th at CoRec 2265 (Boilermaker Room).
An internationally recognized expert in structural engineering and member to the National Academy of Engineering, Randall Poston has established himself as one of the preeminent structural consultants in the United States. Dr. Poston has authored and delivered hundreds of papers and presentations related to the structural engineering industry, championed the repair of existing structures for upwards of 30 years, and dedicated his career to advancing the state of structural engineering knowledge. As past Chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 318 Structural Building Code (2008-2014), he oversaw a monumental effort to completely reorganize the concrete code, the first undertaking of its kind in the history of ACI. Engineering News-Record (ENR) named him a "Top 25 Newsmaker" of 2014 for his code reorganization leadership and ACI bestowed him with the Henry L. Kennedy Award for this work. Dr. Poston became the 96th President of the American Concrete Institute at the conclusion of the ACI Convention in Quebec City on March 28, 2019.
Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows
2019 marks 50 years since Purdue Engineering alumnus Neil Armstrong’s "one small step" inspired the world towards seemingly limitless human and technological achievement. On this historic occasion, Purdue Engineering is proud to launch the prestigious Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows program, which brings highly accomplished and recognized scholars and practitioners to the college to catalyze collaborations with faculty and students. Fellows are individuals who have been eminently recognized for their impact and achievements in engineering or related disciplines, who collaborate with Purdue Engineering faculty members on research projects and initiatives including new research directions, industry engagement, on-campus and online educational efforts, increasing diversity and inclusion, as well as entrepreneurship. Their selections are based on nominations made by faculty and the proposed impact of their research and visit on Purdue Engineering.