Lori Graham-Brady to Chair Civil Engineering Department

Jun 25, 2015 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano


It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Professor Lori Graham-Brady, Associate Director of HEMI, as Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, effective July 1, 2015. Lori will follow Professor Ben Schafer after his six-year tenure as Chair of Civil Engineering. 

Lori, who holds a secondary appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, joined the Whiting School of Engineering faculty 15 years ago and over this time, has demonstrated exceptional leadership in teaching and research. Lori’s research interests include stochastic finite elements, probabilistic mechanics, stochastic simulation of material properties, micromechanics, linear and nonlinear finite element methods, structural reliability, and random heterogeneous materials. In the civil engineering department, she is affiliated with the stochastic systems and micromechanics research group.

Over the course of her career, Lori has been recognized widely for her scholarship and for her teaching. She was named a Fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute in 2013 and is the Director of the Modeling Complex Systems IGERT training program, funded by the NSF. Among her other honors, Lori also is a past recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), an NSF CAREER award, the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and the William H. Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Lori’s leadership as a teacher, mentor, and as a researcher make her extremely qualified to be both an effective and a productive Department Chair and we hope that you will join us in celebrating Lori as she begins her new leadership role.

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