About the Presentation

On March 3, 2015, R. Shankar Nair, PhD, PE, SE, NAE, spoke about Innovative Projects of the 1980s. The presentation was part of a series of lectures marking the 50th Anniversary of SEAOI. The 1980s did not see a continuation of the unprecedented burst of super-tall building activity that took place in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s (John Hancock, Standard Oil, Sears); but many of the 1980s projects incorporated an extraordinary level of structural innovation.

About the Speaker

Shankar Nair has more than 45 years of experience in engineering as a designer, researcher, author, and lecturer. His work has focused on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering projects, including the longest tied-arch bridge span in the world and many high-rise buildings. Dr. Nair has worked for exp and its predecessor firm, Teng & Associates, since 1995; before that he was a principal at RTKL Associates in Baltimore and Alfred Benesch and Company in Chicago. His work has garnered numerous awards, including four AISC “Prize Bridge” awards and six SEAOI “Most Innovative Structure” awards. Dr. Nair chairs the AISC Committee on Specifications and is a past chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois and is licensed to practice engineering in 44 states. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

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