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Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski, a renowned engineering professor at Duke University and award-winning author, will discuss the history and future of transportation in America on November 2 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Petroski will help audiences imagine the future of cities like Honolulu and will cast fresh light on mass transit projects like rail, as well as national infrastructure development as proposed by the Trump administration.

Petroski will also explain how the U.S. became a nation of roads, built around the automobile. He will outline how the country will be transformed by the development of autonomous vehicles—imagine urban cores without parking garages.

Event details

  • November 2, 1:30 p.m., UH Mānoa’s Kuykendall 101 Auditorium.
  • Petroski’s lecture is free and open to the public.
  • Sponsored by the College of Engineering, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Better Tomorrow Series, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Architecture and Parc Waikīkī.

More about Henry Petroski

Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University. A specialist in innovation, infrastructure and design analysis, Petroski is the author of 75 refereed articles and 19 books, including To Engineer Is Human and The Evolution of Useful Things. His most recent book, The Road Taken, is a history (and future) of American infrastructure.

Read more about Petroski.

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