Structures Congress 2018

Fort Worth, Texas | April 19–21, 2018



THURSDAY APRIL 19, 2018 | 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

This presentation will highlight the design of advanced structures for space exploration from the International Space Station (ISS) to the moon to Mars. The presenters will describe large structural systems used to construct the 109-meter ISS currently in low earth orbit and other space vehicles such as pressurized shells, space frames, tensegrity trusses, and inflatables. Then they look to the future and reveal structures for the surface of the moon and Mars where humans, assisted by robots and autonomous 3D printers, will utilize in-situ materials for astronauts to become interplanetary. Finally, a second skin spacesuit design (the world’s smallest spacecraft) incorporating intelligent materials and fibers is featured as a wearable structure for Martian exploration.


President of Trotti & Associates, Inc., an architectural and industrial design firm working on Space and Earth projects. Mr. Trotti is a pioneer in Space Architecture, working with NASA on advanced space human missions. He has designed numerous buildings and products utilizing space technology, and advanced materials. He has taught architecture at the University of Houston, and industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design for over 25 years. He has served on National Academies committees reviewing NASA’s technology portfolio, and the decadal survey.


The Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member. Her research in multidisciplinary aerospace biomedical engineering investigates human performance across the spectrum of gravity, including space suits, life support and astronaut performance. Newman has been the principal investigator on 4 spaceflight missions. Known for her second skin BioSuit™ planetary spacesuit, her inventions are now being applied to “soft suits” to enhance locomotion on Earth. Dr. Dava Newman served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 2015–2017, nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Newman was the first female engineer and scientist to serve in this role and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.


FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018 | 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.


In this presentation, Ashraf will share his view of the future of the structural engineering profession as we approach the next quarter of the 21st Century.

As the world is quickly changing, so must our profession in order to keep up with advancements in materials, construction techniques, computers, and more. Ashraf will talk about how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, 3D-printing, virtual and augmented reality, drone-based imaging, sensor technology, cloud-based project collaboration and mobile workplaces, are defining the future. How will the structural engineering profession adjust to these and other new technology-driven ways of the world?

Ashraf will discuss what his experiences have taught him about how the structural engineer’s education and role must change if our profession is to thrive in these rapidly-changing times. He demonstrates why students need to be exposed to the arts, public speaking, human psychology, and marketing so that they enter the professional world ready to lead, inspire, and motivate. Only with this foundation will students be able to fully leverage the limitless potential that our amazing profession has to offer!

Ashraf Habibullah, Registered Structural Engineer, is President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI). He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and founded CSI in 1975. Today CSI software is used by thousands of engineering firms for structural and earthquake engineering in over 160 countries.


SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018 | 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Structural engineering education and experience prepares one for a meaningful and impactful career as a professional engineer. But it also can motivate and develop leadership skills. This talk discusses what educators and professionals can do to enhance leadership in the structural engineering profession.

Gregory L. Fenves, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is president of the University of Texas at Austin and an internationally recognized structural engineer. Fenves spent 20 years on the faculty of UC Berkeley, where he became an internationally recognized expert on structural engineering for earthquakes, making contributions to the modeling and simulation of structural and geotechnical system behavior under earthquake loading. Fenves led the development of the Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OpenSees), a highly modular software framework for modeling and computing the response of structural and geotechnical systems. For his accomplishments, Fenves has received four major awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, and is a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering.

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