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Henry Petroski to Speak at FAU Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 17, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University will host the following event:

Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship,’ a distinguished lecture by guest speaker  Henry Petroski, Ph.D., the Aleksandar S. Vesic professor of civil engineering and professor of history at Duke University  

The free lecture will take place on Friday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the College of Engineering and Computer Science Engineering East building, Alumni Hall, room 106, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. For more information, call 561-297-1399 or visit

Henry Petroski, Ph.D., will cover why failures continue to occur, even as technology advances. Petroski has written broadly on the topics of design, success and failure, and the history of engineering and technology. His 18 books on these subjects include “To Engineer Is Human and To Forgive Design.” His “An Engineer’s Alphabet” is a collection of observations, reflections, and speculations relating to the engineering profession.


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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