Lawrence C. Bank, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was elected a member of the 2015 Class of Distinguished Members for his work in significantly advancing the research and application of fiber reinforced plastics in design and construction engineering of civil infrastructure, and for advocating for a broader understanding of sustainability research and public policy changes.
Bank, a preeminent scholar and leader in the field of structural engineering, has served as a leader in the study and implementation of fiber reinforced plastics. He has authored more than 140 technical publications, holds 5 patents/pending patents, and wrote the textbook Composites for Construction Structural Design with FRP Materials.
Bank is the recipient of ASCE’s Richard R. Torrens Award (2001), which honored his work as a volunteer journal editor who make outstanding contributions to the ASCE publications program, ASCE’s Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1999), which honors notable achievements in research related to civil engineering, and ASCE’s Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize (2002), which recognizes accomplished works of construction or valuable contributions to construction management and construction engineering.
Bank earned a bachelor’s degree from Israel Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree, a Master of Philosophy degree, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Bank was founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Composites for Construction, the first scholarly journal devoted to the infrastructure composites research field. He is on leave from the City College of New York and currently serves at the National Science Foundation as program director for materials engineering and processing.