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Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture

You're invited to the PAUL ZIA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE.  This year's topic is "Structural Failures, the I-35W Bridge Collapse and Replacement".  This lecture will feature Dr. Henry Petroski, Mr. Jonathan McGormley, and Ms. Linda A. Figg.

Date:  Monday, September 21, 2015, from 2:00PM to about 5:00PM 

Location:  McKimmon Center at NC State

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Summary:  The 14th Annual Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture “Structural Failures, the I-35W Bridge Collapse and Replacement” will be presented on Monday, September 21, 2015, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus. This annual lecture honors Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Zia, former professor and department head for NC State's Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, and a structural engineer who is eminent in research, professional society leadership and practice.

Speakers and Topics:

  • Dr. Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University, “Structural Failures” 
  • Mr. Jonathan McGormley, principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, “Forensic Investigation of the I-35W Bridge Collapse” 
  • Ms. Linda A. Figg, president and CEO of FIGG, “Design and Construction of the New I-35W Bridge”

Registration:  Admission is free, but registration is required.  Visit Donations will be gladly accepted to support the Paul Zia Education Fund for civil, construction, and environmental engineering students at NC State.

PDH Credits and Learning Units (LUs):  There are three PDH credits available for engineers and three LUs for architects.

Sponsorship Opportunities:  Sponsorship opportunities are available. Following the lecture, sponsors and speakers are invited to attend a cocktail reception at the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse on the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on NC State's Centennial Campus. 

To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Lora Bremer at the NC State Engineering Foundation at 919-513-0983 or

L. Kevin Austin, PE  
Zia Lecture Committee