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H.T. Person Homecoming Lectures|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Lawrence Novak

H. T. Person Lecture 2002

Ground Zero


Lawrence Novak
Structural Engineer
Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill

For the H. T. Person Homecoming lecture, Lawrence Novak will discuss how structural engineers assisted at ground zero, the lessons being learned and the possible futures of high-rise construction after the events of September 11, 2001.

Lawrence Novak is a licensed structural engineer specializing in high-rise and unique special use structures. He is currently an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. Novak is also an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and a frequent author on structural engineering topics.

Novak is the recipient of both the National Council of Structural Engineers Association and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Meritorious Publication Awards for 2001 and is the recipient of the United Kingdom's Oscar Faber Award for 2002. Also in 2001 Novak was selected as the prestigious Landis Lecturer at Pittsburgh. Novak has assisted in the search and rescue efforts at ground zero of the World Trade Center and subsequent FEMA report.

It is our pleasure to welcome Lawrence C. Novak as this year's H.T. Person Distinguished Lecturer.

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