Structural Engineering Seminars

Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering

Spring 2015 ~ Room: CIVL 1144 ~ Tue 4:30-5:20 p.m.

Tentative Schedule – may be modified as per speaker’s request and availability

Updated on 03/29/2015


Seminar Date





Tue 13-Jan

Mark P Sarkisian

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Site | Structure | Environment


Tue 20-Jan

Nicholas E. Wierschem

University of Illinois

at Urbana-Champaign

Targeted Energy Transfer using Nonlinear Energy Sinks for the Attenuation of Transient Loads on Building Structures


Tue 27-Jan

Shalva Marjanishvili

Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc.

What Does a Blast Consultant Do?


Tue 03-Feb

Christian Ravotta

Bechtel Corporation

What it Takes to Harness the Sun: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility


Tue 10-Feb

Carol A. Post

Thornton Tomasetti

Integrated Design Approach to the Hancher Auditorium Replacement Facility


Tue 17-Feb





Fri 20-Feb


Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos

University of Wisconsin

Simplification of Reinforcement Detailing in Earthquake-Resistant Coupled Wall Systems Through Use of High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Joint EERI student chapter – CE structures seminar


Tue 24-Feb

Jared Plank

American Structurepoint Inc.

What I Wanted To Know About The Structural Engineering Profession (but didn’t know to ask)


Tue 03-Mar

Kenneth L. Erdmann

Matrix PDM Engineering

Unique Problems in the Tank and Thin Shell Structure World


Tue 10- Mar

Jonathan E. Lewis

Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

Seismic Retrofit of a Bridge Structure


Tue 17- Mar

Spring Break


Tue 24- Mar

Amin Maghareh

Purdue University

Dynamic Performance Evaluation of Infrastructure Systems: Safe, Cost-Effective, and Flexible


Tue 31-Mar

Howard J. Hill

Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

Structural Design Loads:  The arbitrary side of the equation


Tue 07-Apr

Didem Ozevin

University of Illinois at Chicago

Monitoring Structural State of Built Infrastructures using Acoustic Emission Method


Tue 14-Apr

Larry Muir

American Institute of Steel Construction

AISC T.R. Higgins Lecture

Designing Compact Gussets with the Uniform Force Method


Tue 21-Apr

Luis Enrique García

Proyectos y Diseños Ltda

Former president of ACI

Collapse of the Space Building in Medellin, Colombia


Tue 28-Apr

Sule Bakirci

Kirikkale University, Turkey

Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Edge Beam-Column Joints


Tue 05-May

Final Exams Week

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Related Information

       Seminar room information and photographs.

       Directions and Lodging information.

       Shuttle service between Indianapolis airport and West Lafayette/Purdue is provided by the Lafayette Limo.

       Shuttle service between Chicago O'Hare and West Lafayette/Purdue is provided by the Express Air Coach.

       Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research and Bowen webcam.

       Free Parking is available at the Bowen Lab (Address: 1040 S. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47907). Conveyance from the Lab to the seminar room is also available.

       Complementary Parking Permits can be arranged upon request. Same day permits can also be purchased online from Parking Facilities office at the Purdue West Shopping Center, 1404 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

       Structures group in School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University.


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