Virtual Luncheon - Introduction to the AASHTO Guide Specifications on IRMs

December 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Dr. Robert J. Connor


Introduction to the AASHTO Guide Specifications on IRMs

Speaker Bio

Robert J. Connor is the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and is Director of the S-BRITE Center, at Purdue University.  Dr. Connor has been working in the area of fatigue, fracture, and other performance, inspection, and durability issues related to steel bridges for over 25 years.  He has published articles in conference proceedings and technical journals, mostly related to fatigue and fracture issues in steel structures, inspection, and failure investigations.  Dr. Connor has been the principal investigator on a number of NCHRP Projects, having successfully completed Six (6) NCHRP Projects as PI and three as Co-PI.  Dr. Connor’s work has been incorporated into AASHTO and AREMA design specifications.  He was also the lead author in crafting two recently published AASHTO Guide Specifications focused on evaluating system and internal redundancy of steel bridges and members.  He was the recipient of the Richard S. Fountain Award in 2020, the George S. Richardson Medal in 2016, an AISC Special Achievement Award in 2012, and was the first recipient of the Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture Award in 2005.  In 2018, he was selected by AISC to receive the prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. 



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