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Inaugural Le Val Lund Lecture

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Le Val Lund Lecture on Lifeline Infrastructure and Community Resilience

On April 2, 2014 the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) and Council on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) sponsored the inaugural Le Val Lund Lecture and Award ceremony along with the ASCE Los Angeles Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch, Caltech, and University of Southern California (USC). The event was held at the Caltech Athenaeum in Pasadena California. The first Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Earthquake Engineering recipient was Thomas D. O'Rourke, Ph.D., Hon.D.GE, Dist. M.ASCE, Cornell University . Dr. O'Rourke also gave the first Le Val Lund Lecture Lifeline Infrastructure and Community Resilience at the event. The event was well attended and featured testimonials honoring Le Val Lund and Tom O'Rourke from an LA City Councilman, the LA City Deputy Mayor and the Civil Engineering Department Chairs from CalTech and USC.

Professor O'Rourke is the first recipient of the ASCE Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction. Professor O'Rourke's teaching and research spans a wide spectrum including geotechnical earthquake engineering, underground construction technology, earth retention systems, and the protection of large, geographically distributed systems such as water supplies, gas and liquid fuel networks, and transportation facilities. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served as chair and member of the consulting boards of many large underground construction projects associated with highways, rapid transit, water supply, and energy distribution.

Le Val Lund , Jr. PE, M.ASCE was an eminent professional engineer who committed his entire career to public service and became an internationally recognized expert on urban lifelines, how to protect these critical systems from earthquakes and other hazards, and implementing the practice of preparing urban systems and communities for disasters. The Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction will advance the science and profession in engineering by acknowledging individuals who have made definitive contributions in the practice of reducing risks to lifeline systems and preparing communities for natural and technological hazards. The Le Val Lund Lecture on Lifeline Infrastructure and Community Resilience intends to (1) promote interaction between Engineering professionals, community leaders and organizations, educational and research institutions, and students and (2) improve lifeline infrastructure resilience to support resilient communities.