Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series

Suzanne Lacasse

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Reliability-Based Design for Robust Geotechnical Practice

Linking research to practice — Dam designs, landslides, foundations of a historical ship museum and offshore installations

2:30 p.m.  |  Friday, April 20  |  125 Butler-Carlton Hall

Dr. Suzanne Lacasse is technical director of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, where she served as managing director from 1991 to 2011. Dr. Lacasse studied civil engineering at Ecole Polytechnique of Montréal and MIT. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Dundee in Scotland, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Université du Québec in Canada. A member of the National Academy of Engineers in the U.S., Canada, Norway and France, she is an honorary professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. She has authored over 300 scientific papers and has given keynote lectures in over 30 countries, including the 37th ASCE Terzaghi Lecture on “Offshore Geotechnics” in 2001, the eighth ISSMGE Terzaghi Oration on “Protecting Society from Landslides” in 2013 and the 55th ICE Rankine Lecture on “Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice” in 2015.

About the Series

The Neil and Maurita Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series for Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering is made possible by a fund established by Maurita Stueck to honor her late husband, Neil Stueck, a 1943 civil engineering graduate of the university. One of the objectives of the Series is to bring our engineering students additional outside perspectives on issues, problems, or concerns facing our country.

Previous Stueck Lecturers have included:

  • Dr. Gene Corley, who led the federal investigation into the 9/11-collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, as well as the principal investigator of the 1995 bombing and collapse of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Dr. Corley’s lecture was titled: “An Engineering Analysis of the 9/11 Attacks.”
  • Dr. Marc Edwards, the Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech and a McArthur Fellow. Dr. Edwards’ lecture was titled: “The Science of Things That Aren’t.”
  • Dr. Henry Petroski, the Alexandar Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University and prolific author on topics of design, success and failure and the history of engineering and technology. Dr. Petroski’s lecture was titled: “Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship.”
  • Dr. Bruce Rittman, Director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University. Dr. Rittman’s lecture was titled: “Making Research Meet Practice in Environmental Biotechnology.”
  • Dr. Ken Hover, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and Past President of ACI. Dr. Hover’s lecture was titled: “The Exciting First Day in the Life of Concrete.”
  • Dr. Wayne Clough, President Emeritus of Georgia Institute of Technology and Past Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Clough’s lecture was titled:  “Climate Change – An Engineering Grand Challenge for our Age.”
  • Dr. Man-Chung Tang, world authority on cable-stayed bridges and member, National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Tang’s lecture was titled: “Innovation.”