2016 Keynote Speakers

Eugen Brühwiler

Eugen Brühwiler is a Full Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausannem, Switzerland. He received his doctoral detree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1988 and his Civil Engineering diploma (university degree) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1983. His fields of expertise include structural and material engineering; existing civil structures in particular bridges of high cultural value; fatigue, dynamics and structural behavior of bridges; ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete and composite UHPFRC-RC structures. The activities as a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) (since 1995) are motivated by the following vision: Methods for the examination of existing structures (Examineering) must be developed with the ultimate goal to limit construction intervention (and thus the client’s expenditure) to a strict minimum. If interventions are necessary then their objective is to improve the structure (not just to repair it). This goal is in agreement with the principles of sustainable development.

Dr. Joseph Hartmann

Dr. Joseph (Joey) Hartmann is currently the Director of the FHWA Office of Bridges and Structures and is responsible for the development and implementation of Federal regulations, policy and technical guidance that support bridge and tunnel programs to improve safety and design practice at the national level. His office has statutory, regulator and delegated authorities for bridge and tunnel design on the Interstate System, implementation and oversight of the National Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Standards, maintaining the National Bridge and Tunnel Inventories and implementation of Federal floodplain regulations. In addition, his office provides leadership and direction in structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering aspects of all FHWA programs, and coordinates those activities with FHWA field offices, other Federal agencies, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), local agencies, academia and with various other partners and customers. Since 2005, Dr. Hartmann has been an Affiliate Professor of Civil Engineering at George Mason University. He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate Degrees all in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.