Robert Connor, PhD

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Purdue University

Robert Connor has over 20 years of experience in the research and field testing of bridges and related structures.  He is currently a Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and is the Director of the Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Engineering (S-BRITE) Center at Purdue University.  Over his career, Dr. Connor has conducted field evaluations of bridges throughout the United States and has participated in bridge evaluations internationally to identify the causes of fatigue cracking, brittle fractures, and to develop effective retrofit strategies.  He is currently leading efforts in the US to reevaluate the concept of fracture critical members (FCMs) and to develop and integrate a fracture control plan applicable to both highway and railroad bridges.