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Additively Manufactured Composites: Mechanics, Materials, and Manufacturing
Professor Mehran Tehrani, University of Texas - Austin

Polymer additive manufacturing (AM) is mostly relegated to the space of rapid prototyping. New approaches for transitioning polymer AM to the production of end-use parts will be discussed and their processing-structure-failure relationships will be elucidated. Carbon fiber has been identified as a potential solution to overcome polymer AM shortcomings, where it improves polymer properties, reduces the time required to manufacture functional parts, and lower warping to lead to a larger build envelope.


Curved-Based Rocking Walls for Seismic Isolation
Professor Richard Wiebe, University of Washington

Many novel lateral force resisting systems have been developed to improve the seismic performance and resilience of structures. One promising approach is the use post-tensioned rocking walls as lateral load resisting systems. Despite the many benefits of rocking systems (e.g. small residual drift and simplified repairs after extreme events), several additional opportunities for improved performance remain.


Engineering Ethics: Room for Improvement?
Dr. Michael Kalichman, UC San Diego

It may seem obvious that success in engineering relies in part on ethics and that those who enter engineering value ethics. And yet, stories of missteps in academia and industry are well known. The goal of this talk will be to address factors that contribute to misconduct and, more importantly, strategies we can adopt to minimize that risk. The hope is that this session will be a catalyst for opportunities to promote a culture of ethics in Structural Engineering.



Structural Electronics: The Coming Convergence of Electronics and Structures
Jeff Bergman, NextFlex

The field of electronics manufacturing is undergoing a significant shift that promises to change not only how we make electronics but also how we interact with the world around it.  Rapid advances in microelectronics, material science, and manufacturing techniques have enabled a new world of advanced additively manufactured electronics that are lightweight, flexible, and low cost.  By enabling novel electronics forms, and implementations flexible and additive electronics will change how we interact with the world around us by allowing for the easy and unobtrusive deployment of sensors to ke


Next Generation Structural Monitoring and Smart Cities
Dr. Erol Kalkan, Quakelogic

Structural monitoring has gained importance for safety requirements of critical structures including hospitals, high-rise buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, wind turbines etc. Although these structures are designed and built to operate safely under anticipated static and dynamic loading conditions, deterioration and damage can occur over their lifetime. Extreme events such as earthquakes are the most prevailing source of failure. If damage conditions are not identified rapidly, they may leave the dam vulnerable to further damage.


Structural Engineering in Golf Club Design
Brandon Woolley, TaylorMade Golf

Structural engineering can be found all around us.  In this presentation, I’ll talk about how we use engineering to create the best performance golf products in the world.  I’ll cover some of the engineering challenges unique to golf equipment design and a little about how TaylorMade Golf overcomes them. 


Naval Health Research Center: Engineering Human Performance in a Warfighter Population
Dr. Pinata Sessoms and Dr. Amy Silder, Naval Health Research Center

Located aboard Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Health Research Center is the Department of Defense’s designated Deployment Health Research Center and the only military medical research center on the West Coast. Drs. Sessoms and Silder will discuss some of the research being done by the Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) Lab at NHRC. The lab’s mission is to enhance Warfighter readiness by improving rehabilitation of wounded warriors and resilience of healthy Warfighters through operationally relevant training and testing.


Numerical Simulations of Soil Structure Interaction (SSI)
Professor Davide Forcellini, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Since the late 1970s numerical simulation methods have been developed in order to consider soil-structure-interaction (SSI) problems. In the beginning, such approaches performed linear analyses that are generally appropriate to describe low amplitude ground motions. In order to assess realistic non-linear responses of soil-foundation-structure systems under earthquakes, it is fundamental to apply SSI-based approaches by performing the state-of-the-art numerical methodologies that are the object of this webinar.


The Structural Innovations of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Brendan Walsh, Buro Happold Engineering

The multi-purpose Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Atlanta United (MLS) accommodates 80,000 fans and occupies almost two million square feet near downtown Atlanta. Costing approximately $1.5 billion to construct, the stadium contains many innovative design features including an unprecedented 8-panel cantilevered retractable roof, one of the largest scoreboards in sports, the longest two-way structure in the US, the first use of single skin ETFE in the US, and the first LEED Platinum credential for an NFL stadium.


Effects of Thermal Perturbations on the Equilibrium of the Subsurface
Professor Alessandro Rotta Loria

Geomaterials, geostructures and geosystems are subjected to continuous thermal perturbations. In the context of geoenergy exploitations that involve the harvesting or storage of thermal energy from or in the subsurface, these perturbations vary and last from seconds to decades. Complex and coupled phenomena are associated with the previous perturbations, such as heat transfer, mass transfer and deformation.

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