Is structural engineering sustainable? Edinburgh

21 June, 2016 | 17:00 - 19:00

Making sure that construction in done in a sustainable way.
Making sure that construction in done in a sustainable way.

About this event

In association with the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, University of Edinburgh, the ICE Edinburgh Area Branch are proud to present our Summer Lecture 2016: Is Structural Engineering Sustainable?

In the Civil Engineering profession, it can be argued that those in the sub-fields of Structural Engineering and Construction Materials have been the slowest to embrace the concepts of sustainability. The reasons for this can be traced to the way in which civil engineers are educated.

In addition, it has been difficult to identify an appropriate vision for incorporating sustainability principles into the practice of structural and materials engineering. In order to define the appropriate vision for the future, we need to understand how sustainability emerged from the environmental movement, where it currently stands in terms of sustainable development and how engineers can restructure our education and develop opportunities in this new sustainable world.


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Ross Elliot

Event materials

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Lawrence C. Bank

Lawrence C. Bank

Lawrence is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY), but has previously been a Structural Engineer with Leslie Robertson and Associates (LERA) in New York and on the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Catholic University and the University of Wisconsin. From 2010 to 2013 he was Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at CCNY. From 2008 to 2010, and again from 2014 to 2015, Dr. Bank was a Program Director at the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

His research focuses on the mechanics and design of composite material structures, and on sustainable buildings and construction materials. He is the author of "Composites for Construction: Structural Design with FRP Materials" (Wiley, 2006).