Kavanagh Lecture to explore bridges as art

Linda Figg, president and CEO of Figg Engineering Group (FIGG), will present "Creating Bridges as Art" at the 2012 Thomas C. Kavanagh Memorial Structural Engineering Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on April 5, in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus.

A reception will follow the lecture.

During her talk, Figg will present case studies that illustrate how concrete bridges are constructed with aesthetic beauty while also achieving eco-friendly and sustainable designs. She will discuss how these bridges are cost effective solutions and provide long-term community enhancement and economic benefits. She will also address the use of high quality, local recycled materials for achieving long life-cycle cost benefits.

Figg, a civil engineering graduate from Auburn University, is considered a world leader in bridge design and management. She has worked at FIGG for 30 years and served as president and owner since 2002. She has expertise in all aspects of bridge design, including development, design, project management, innovative financing, construction engineering and public involvement. Figg has received numerous industry awards and honors and currently serves as vice-chair of the American Segmental Bridge Institute.

Thomas C. Kavanagh was a professor of civil engineering from 1948 until 1952. Prior to coming to Penn State, Kavanagh received his bachelor of science and masters of science in civil engineering from City College of New York. He then went on to New York University, where he earned his masters in business administration and doctorate.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Last Updated April 03, 2012