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Grad Student Ashley Thrall Receives the SOM 2011 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Grad Student Ashley Thrall has been selected as the recipient of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Foundation's 2011 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship.  Ashley's winning essay entitled "Deployable Structures: Kinematic Elegance for Social Sustainability" was inspired by a quote from Charles Hoberman, an expert in the design of kinematic structures, who said " Our design medium is behavior itself.  Elegance and economy remain the pre-eminant values of good design.  An elegant mechanism translates into a simple push or pull into rich and complex behavior."   To carry out her research, Ashley will visit the site of a recent disaster, meet with designers at prominent international research centers and evaluate deployable structures through site visits.  Her winning Essay and Travel Itinerary is posted on the SOM Foundation website (click here).

The Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship is a award that aims to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic potential in the structural design of buildings and bridges by enabling a gifted graduate to experience works of architecture and engineering first hand.   The award will provide an opportunity to do in-depth research, meet with other professionals in the field, and pursue independent study outside the realm of estabilished patterns.  The Foundation hopes that the Fellow will in turn influence the practice and teaching of structural engineering in the future.

Congratulations to Ashley on this wonderful recognition and prestigious honor!