Gilbreth Lectures to Focus on Low-Carbon Buildings and Additive Manufacturing


Mon, September 24, 2012

Washington, DC, September 24, 2012 —

Two engineers chosen by peers in the highly selective Frontiers of Engineering program will give talks before members of the National Academy of Engineering at its annual meeting in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Sept. 30.

John Ochsendorf, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will speak about “Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon Buildings.” Hod Lipson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of computing and information science at Cornell University, will give a talk titled, “The Shape of Things to Come: Frontiers in Additive Manufacturing.”

The Armstrong Endowment for Young Engineers-Gilbreth Lectures -- named in honor of Lillian M. Gilbreth, the first woman inducted into the NAE -- were established in 2001 by the governing Council of the National Academy of Engineering as a means of recognizing outstanding young American engineers and making them more visible to the NAE membership. Recipients of the lectureships are selected from among presenters at NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposia  through a vote by meeting participants.

Ochsendorf is an expert on the mechanics and behavior of masonry structures with a multidisciplinary research focus on the history of construction and the design of sustainable infrastructures. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and has published several dozen journal papers in structural mechanics. He has been awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Ochsendorf studied structural mechanics at Cornell (B.Sc.), Princeton (M.Sc.), and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D.).

As director of the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell, Lipson focuses on novel methods of automatic design, fabrication, and adaptation of virtual and physical machines. He has led work in evolutionary robotics, multimaterial functional rapid prototyping, machine self-replication, and programmable self-assembly. Lipson is coauthor of the forthcoming book, Fabricated: The Promise and Peril of a Machine That Can Make Anything. He received a Ph.D. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1998 and did postdoctoral work at Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lecturers receive a plaque, an honorarium, and travel expenses. Funding for the lectureship is derived from income on an endowment that has been designated for the encouragement of young engineers.

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

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