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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
Title: Creative Teaching and Its Influence on Innovative Concrete Structures
Author(s): Fazlur R. Khan
Publication: Special Publication
Appears on pages(s): 355-364
Keywords: construction; education; engineering education; rein-forced
concrete; research; structural engineering; structures.
Abstract:During the last twenty-five years many structural innovations have been made relating to reinforced concrete systems for buildings. Among many factors that affect innovative developments by engineers, an extremely significant one is the educational back-ground and environment during the formative years in the university. This particular factor, although often overlooked, needs to be recognized by the educational institutions. The author discusses the possible impact of a creative teacher on a student's innovative approach in his later career, and as an example, traces his own occasional success at innovations to such a teacher at the University of Illinois where he did his graduate studies. A special tribute is therefore offered to Prof. Chester A. Siess whose constant encouragement to think critically in a creative way greatly affected the author's professional career.
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