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CUREE Past Presidents

Over the course of its 28 year history, CUREE had the honor of having many distinguished figures in the field of Earthquake Engineering research serve in the role as president of the organization. Professor Wilfred Iwan of the California Institute of Technology, who was instrumental in the founding of the organization when it began as the California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, was the first to serve in this role.

M. Garlock photo Maria Garlock (2012-2016)

Dr. Maria Garlock is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at Lehigh University and Cornell University respectively and her PhD in structural engineering at Lehigh University. Her professional practice as a licensed engineer in New York includes several years with Leslie Robertson Associates.

At Princeton University, Professor Garlock’s scholarship is in resilient building design for large earthquakes and fires, as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events.  She conducts research on self-centering seismic resistant steel frames, the design and response of buildings and bridges subjected to fire, and post-earthquake fire response of steel buildings.  Currently, she is the Chair of ASCE’s Fire Protection Committee.

Professor Garlock teaches structural design courses, but she also carries on the program developed at Princeton by Professor Emeritus David P. Billington that educates both engineering and non-engineering students, in which "structural art" is the key theme. Students are introduced to a multi-themed treatment of structural engineering, featuring the evolution of bridge designs that combine efficiency, economy, and elegance. She is one of the leaders of a group of colleagues that form the International Network for Structural Art, who meet annually and share scholarship and teaching experiences. She also has been active in involving students in the design and production of museum-quality structural models with accompanying information for the general public in exhibitions held in art museums and public spaces.


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