University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


Photos: Fall 2018 Rockwell Lecture Series Kicks Off With John Crittenden


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Rockwell Lecturer, John Crittenden, NAE and Department Chair of CEE Dr. Roberto Ballarini

The UH Cullen College of Engineering’s Rockwell Lecture Series kicked off this fall with distinguished speaker John Crittenden, member of the National Academy of Engineering and director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Crittenden, also a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a world-renowned expert on sustainable urban infrastructure systems.

Crittenden’s lecture, titled “Gigatechnology: Developing Sustainable Urban Infrastructure to Solve Gigaton Problems,” discussed how large engineered systems (“gigatechnologies”) impact humanity and examined how to minimize the bad and emphasize the good outcomes of urban systems.  Crittenden’s research proposes that creating “systems of systems” to manage large, urban infrastructures, cities can become more sustainable, resilient and efficient while improving quality of air, water and human life.

The Rockwell Lecture, named after Elizabeth D. Rockwell in honor of her gift to establish an endowed chair for the Dean of engineering, is held annually at the Cullen College. Distinguished guests are invited to the Cullen College to deliver this lecture.

Click here to view photos from Crittenden’s Rockwell Lecture!


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