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William F. Baker Giving Structural Innovation Lecture at Northeastern University

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On February 13, 2014, Northeastern University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FISTRUCTE, NAE. Baker will present his 2013 AISC T.R. Higgins Lecture, “Structural Innovation: Combining Classic Theories with New Technologies.” 

The talk presents concepts and methodologies for creating and understanding efficient geometries. Starting with a review of the 19th and 20th century load path theories of Rankine, Maxwell, Cremona, and Michell, Baker will combine their insights with current topology optimization and shape‐finding tools as a means of exploring how engineers can create structural geometries that improve the behavior and reduce the tonnage of their designs. Examples of classical theoretical solutions will be explored, along with their application to new designs. 

Structural Innovation: Combining Classic Theories with New Technologies

February 13, 2014
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Reception
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Presentation


108 Snell Engineering Center
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts