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Civil Engineering's Dr. Kent Harries named Fellow of the International Institute for Fiber Reinforced Polymer in Construction

Kent Harries PITTSBURGH (August 25, 2014) … Kent Harries, PhD, FACI, P.Eng. , Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was named a Fellow of the International Institute for Fiber Reinforced Polymer in Construction (IIFC) . Dr. Harries is one of only 27 individuals worldwide to be named an IIFC fellow and only the sixth in the United States. He received the honor at the seventh international Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2014) , August 20-22 in Vancouver, Canada.

The recognition of fellow is a distinct honor for "senior members of the Institute who have achieved a position of high responsibility and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field through research or practice, or both." IIFC is the only international professional organization dedicated to the use of fiber-reinforced composite materials (FRP) in Civil infrastructure, and its mission is to advance the understanding and application of FRP composites in the civil infrastructure, in the service of the engineering profession and society.

Dr. Harries' research interests include the use of non-traditional materials (FRP, HPC, RPC, bamboo) in civil infrastructure, the seismic design and retrofit of building structures, the design and behavior of high-rise structures, applications of full-scale structural testing and the history and philosophy of science and technology. He received his bachelor's, master's and PhD in civil engineering - structures from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


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