KU Hosts World Famous Structural Engineer

  • 8 February 2013

Khalifa University (KU) hosted a lecture by renowned structural engineer William F Baker on Feb.5 at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the event was part of its ongoing Distinguished Speakers Series and was open to the public.

Baker, who is partner in charge of Structural Engineering at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP discussed design philosophy and why each engineer should have one.

He used real life examples, including his work on Burj Khalifa, and he challenged modern architectural beliefs by encouraging engineers to retain control over the design process.

Mr Baker, who is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure, is widely regarded for his work on super tall buildings.

“We were pleased to host Baker as part of our Distinguished Speakers Series,” said Dr Tod Laursen, president of Khalifa University.