Civil engineers examine role in public safety in the wake of attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2001 – Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will gather in Houston Oct. 10 to discuss ways to make infrastructure more secure in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the US.

ASCE’s final program for its 2001 Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition has been revamped with the addition of special sessions under the heading Civil Engineering: A Critical Role in Public Safety.

The special sessions include a plenary discussion with the leaders of the building performance studies of the World Trade Center Towers collapse and the Pentagon crash. Finding Lessons Amid Tragedy: The Work of Building Performance Study Teams at the World Trade Center and Pentagon will feature W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., P.E., team leader for the World Trade Center study and expert in building collapse investigations, building codes and reinforced concrete; and Paul Mlakar, Ph.D., P.E., team leader for the Pentagon study and expert in blast-resistant design.

Three additional sessions will assist civil engineers in defining and managing their roles in the aftermath of the attack on America:

* Safeguarding Vital Public Infrastructure I: Designing to Reduce Vulnerability;

* Safeguarding Vital Public Infrastructure II: Social and Design Considerations; and

* Safeguarding Vital Public Infrastructure III: The Civil Engineer’s Role in Assessing Vulnerability and Threat

“In the midst of this awful tragedy that has befallen our nation, civil engineers across the U.S. are rising to the challenge of designing stronger communities and assessing potential vulnerabilities in their existing infrastructure,” said ASCE Executive Director James E. Davis, P.E. “We are hopeful that the changes made to the conference program will equip civil engineers with the information and resources to serve their communities better in this time of crisis.”

For more information on the 2001 Civil Engineering Conference & Exposition please visit the Web site at .

Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 123,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. The Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the accomplishments of all civil engineers to build a better world.

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