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David Billington
David Billington

Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, Emeritus
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus
Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

BSE, Princeton University, 1950
Fulbright Fellowship, Belgium, 1950-1952
Honorary degree, Union College (Humane letters), 1990
Honorary degree, Grinnell College (Science), 1991
Honorary degree, Notre Dame University (Engineering) 1997

Room: E209A Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-4600

Curriculum Vitae


  • EE102 Engineering in the Modern World
  • CEE262 Structures and the Urban Environment
  • CEE263 Rivers and the Regional Environment
  • CEE540 Thin Shell Concrete Structures


Research Areas

  • Mechanics, Materials & Structures
  • Structures and Structural Art

Research Interests

David Billington's research includes design and rehabilitation of bridges, thin shell concrete structures, tall buildings, and concrete dams; detailed studies of the major structural engineers such as Robert Maillart, Felix Candela, Eugene Freyssinet, Gustav Eiffel, Othmar Ammann, Anton Tedesko, Fazler Khan, Heinz Isler, and Christian Menn; and the  history and aesthetics of structures and the transformation of American society by engineering.  Curating exhibitions in the Princeton University Art Museum, Politics and Engineering of Large-Scale Dams.

Updated: September 9, 2016