Dr. Maria Garlock

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Maria Garlock is a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton.  Her research aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, both as related to advancing the knowledge in structural engineering and as related to the education of future engineers.  She takes creative and innovative approaches to find structural solutions, in particular for extreme loading scenarios such as earthquakes, fires, and storm surges.  She studies such loading scenarios both as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events. In addition, Dr. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past, which encompass the ideals efficiency, economy, and elegance. She has co-authored a book on the subject with David Billington (Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist), and co-curated three exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays that teach about exemplary structural engineering designs. She is the recipient of the 2012 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is the highest teaching award at Princeton. In 2013 she was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 2013 Frontiers in Engineering Education Symposium where she discussed the topic of this proposal with colleagues all around the nation.

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