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Lawrence Novak is the Director of Engineered Buildings for the Portland Cement Association.  He consults with engineers, architects, contractors, and owners on the design and construction of reinforced concrete buildings, including sustainable design.   Novak has more than 25 years of experience as a structural engineer on high profile structures throughout the world, including seismic regions. Most recently as an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he served as the senior project engineer responsible for the structural design of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the world’s tallest building.   Novak serves on several technical committees, including the ACI 318 Code committee.  He has served on the Board of Directors for organizations including SEAOI, TCA and the Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame.   He has co-authored numerous papers on engineering and is a recipient of SEAOI’s “Meritorious Publication Award”, the NCSEA’s “Outstanding Structural Engineering Publication Award” and the United Kingdom’s “Oscar Faber Award”.  In 2010, Novak was selected as the “Centennial Lecturer” in engineering and named the “Citizen Engineer of the Year” by the Illinois Chapter of ASCE.  To give back to the community, Novak utilizes exciting interactive demonstrations with the goal to inspire the next generation of young minds to study math, science, engineering and sustainability.  To quote Pam Nagel, the organizer of the “Reach for the Stars” student event, “the juxtaposition of Novak’s worldwide travel experience and totally approachable style of presentation completely WOWed everyone in the audience; his presentation truly brought structural concepts to life in a tangible way.”
Lawrence C.Novak,
SEI Fellow Since 2014