Clough to deliver fifth Pedro de Alba Lecture in Geotechnical Engineering

Clough to deliver fifth Pedro de Alba Lecture in Geotechnical Engineering

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The geotechnical engineering group and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the 

University of New Hampshire are pleased to invite you to the 5th Pedro de Alba Lecture in Geotechnical Engineering. This annual event is an opportunity to remember and honor Professor Pedro de Alba’s passion for teaching and research, and years of dedication to students and the profession. We are delighted and honored that this year’s lecture will be given by Dr. G.W. Clough. 

Professor G. W. Clough
President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution

University of New Hampshire, Huddleston Hall
Tuesday April 4, 2017
5:30 – 6:30: Networking hour (Cash Bar and Appetizers)
6:30: Lecture

Abstract: The Smithsonian was founded in 1846 based on an act of Congress and a gift made by James Smithson, an Englishman who never visited the United States.  The Smithson funds were used to build the Smithsonian Institution building.  It was completed in 1855 and was the first structure on what is now known as the National Mall.  From its founding in 1846 until 1915, the Smithsonian was a science based organization and grew through activities in natural history, astronomy, zoological studies, and scientific collections.  In this phase two large museums and research centers, and the National Zoo were built.  Over time the Smithsonian expanded to include history, art and culture.  Today the Smithsonian consists of 19 museums and galleries, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.  It has facilities in 8 states, Panama and Belize.  It has astronomical observatories in Hawaii, Arizona and Chile. 

In the seven years of G. Wayne Clough’s tenure as secretary of the Smithsonian, over $1.5 billion worth of facilities were built, including the recently completed National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the first Leeds Platinum building, the Mathias Laboratory of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  From looking back historically to his perspective on the most recent developments, Dr. Clough provides an overview of how the Smithsonian’s great buildings were constructed.

Please register by contacting Jean Benoît at

As we celebrate the 5th anniversary of this successful lecture series, we would like to solicit your help in reaching our goal of $ 50,000 for the de Alba Scholarship Endowment.  Please contact Marya Gorczyca at for details.  Sponsorship of this lecture is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at UNH!


Civil and Environmental Engineering