Stanley D. Lindsey, One of the Developers of the Load and Resistance Factor Design Method, Dies at Age 75

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July 28, 2014

Stanley D. Lindsey, Ph.D., M.ASCE, a pioneer in the use of computers for the analysis and design of structures and one of the first engineers to integrate computer-aided design with drafting, passed away on July 12 at his farm in Bluffton, South Carolina, at the age of 75. Born September 29, 1938, Lindsey graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1961), and later earned both his master’s degree (1966) in civil engineering and his doctoral degree (1972) in structural engineering from Vanderbilt University. While earning his master’s degree, he worked for 5 years as chief engineer for Nashville, Tennessee–based Volunteer Structures, Inc. Lindsey left the firm to form his own structural engineering company, Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd., which specialized in steel structures and was recognized with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for creative and innovative designs. Lindsey was considered one of the developers of the load and resistance factor design (LRFD) method, which was first introduced in the mid-1980s and is a risk-based approach to the design of structures. In 2002, Lindsey sold his majority stake in his firm and accepted the position of professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed innovative ways to teach steel design using web-based technologies. Through his hands-on teaching and use of web-based technologies, Lindsey development a very effective manner to reach students and improve their learning experience. A member of the AISC Committee on Specifications for 15 years and chair for an additional 4 years, his volunteer work is considered an important contribution to the engineering profession in the areas of concrete and steel structural analysis, and structural design.

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