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The Evolving Role of Materials in Infrastructure Engineering

Dr. David Frost, B.A., B.A.I., MSCE, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.ASCE

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. David Frost, B.A., B.A.I., MSCE, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.ASCE

Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor of Civil Engineering

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Evolving Role of Materials in Infrastructure Engineering

Materials have historically been one of the fundamental yet perhaps less appreciated building blocks of infrastructure systems. As increasing engineering challenges are placed on our systems due to the need to construct infrastructure in more challenging environments, the need to achieve higher performance standards due to the desire to increase maintenance intervals, the need to develop and adopt more sustainable materials and systems and the need to be prepared to meet unprecedented demands as a result of the need for increased resilience in the face of climate change and other unprecedented natural phenomena, materials are now at the core of some of the most innovative science and engineering based developments. This presentation will illustrate through a few examples how approaches such as bio-inspired and multi-functional materials are emerging to play central roles in the next generation of infrastructure materials and systems.

Speaker Biography

Frost received B.A. and B.A.I degrees in Mathematics and Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 1980 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 1986 and 1989. Prior to entering academia, he worked in industry in Ireland and Canada on infrastructure projects ranging from highways to railroads to tailings impoundments to artificial sand islands for oil exploration in the Arctic. At Georgia Tech, he has served as Head of the Geosystems Engineering Group and as a Vice Provost.

His research is centered on studying subsurface problems related to natural and man-made disasters at multiple scales and he has received two U.S. patents for multi-sensor data collection systems. He has graduated more than 30 PhD students, 45% of whom have gone on to academic positions. He has published more than 150 refereed articles and given more than 80 invited seminars and lectures worldwide. He has edited or co-edited more than 10 conference and workshop proceedings. He is the resource recovery thrust leader and Co-PI for the NSF Engineering Research Center on Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics.

Frost has been recognized for his teaching and research, including being a recipient of an NSF National Young Investigator Award, the ASCE Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the ASTM International Hogentogler Award. He is a Fellow of ASCE and co-founder of a software company that develops digital data collection software and systems.

 


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