On May 7, James H. Garrett, department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research, will receive the Thomas Lord Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Garrett's research and teaching interests focus on sensor systems applications, data mining, and intelligent decision support to civil infrastructure condition assessment; mobile hardware/software systems for field applications; representations and processing strategies to support the usage of engineering codes, standards and specifications; and knowledge-based decision support systems.
Through the donation of the estate of Thomas Lord, seven endowed professorships were established at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Of these, three reside permanently in CIT. All Lord professorships - which carry the permanent title of Thomas Lord Professorship - honor an educator whose work has had a profound impact on the university, his or her academic field, and society.