Maria Garlock of Princeton University Wins 2016 T.R. Higgins Award

Maria Garlock, P.E., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, which is presented annually by AISC. Garlock is being honored for several of her papers on fire resistance in steel structures, as well as for her outstanding reputation as an engineer and lecturer. The award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, will be presented to Garlock at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 13-15.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Garlock has been selected as the 2016 Higgins lecturer,” said Charlie Carter, AISC’s vice president and chief structural engineer. “The jury found the work for which she was nominated to be compelling for its relevance to advancements being made today in research and practice. We look forward to Maria’s presentation at The Steel Conference in Orlando, and her insights into what structural engineers need to know about fire protection and engineering.”

In addition to her professorship, Garlock is the director of Princeton’s Architecture and Engineering Program and acting director of the Program in Urban Studies. Her research aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, both as related to advancing the knowledge in structural engineering and to the education of future engineers. Her work in resilient structural design for large fires and earthquakes has covered both isolated and combined multi-hazard events. She’s an advocate in both fields, and her research has been published in numerous journal papers, conference proceedings and books.

Learn more about Garlock and the award here