Architectural engineering's Memari named Hankin Chair

Ali M. Memari, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, has been named the Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair of Residential Construction and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), effective July 1.

Memari specializes in experimental and analytical evaluation of building structural and nonstructural systems for performance under environmental loads and natural hazards. He has recently done extensive work in building wall and envelope systems, including architectural glass curtain wall and glazing systems, cladding panels, brick veneer wall systems, various types of masonry wall systems, wood-frame, steel stud frames and structural insulated panels. Memari has developed innovative solutions for certain wall and envelope systems.

He also serves as the director of the Building Components and Envelopes Research Laboratory (BCERL).

Memari received his bachelor's in civil engineering from University of Houston in 1979, his master's in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 and his doctorate in civil engineering from Penn State in 1989.

Established in 1988 with a $1 million endowment from the Hankin family, the chair is dedicated to furthering engineering excellence in the homebuilding industry through teaching, research, technology transfer and public service.

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Last Updated May 21, 2012