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SoA Graduate Exchange Lecture Series: Jennifer Pazdon, PE, Cast Connex
Cast Steel for High Performance and Elegance in Structure: How Making Influences Design

The use of structural cast steel components in the design and construction of building and bridge structures is a fast growing trend in the North America. Cast steel components are often used to address challenges in design and construction that would otherwise be very difficult to tackle using conventional steel fabrication. As the manufacturing process offers unparalleled geometric freedom in structural steel, castings are increasingly used in architecturally exposed structural steel to generate unique tectonics. Casting technology is also often leveraged to develop economical high performance connectors for seismic applications and other arduous loading conditions. 

This presentation will provide a history of the modern renaissance in the use of steel castings in construction and examples of how castings have been successfully integrated into a wide range of contemporary built projects---all of which propose previously unattainable opportunities for future explorations in aesthetics and function of structure by utilizing casting technology.

Speaker Bio
Jennifer Anna Pazdon, PE, M. Sc. Eng is a licensed structural engineer in NY with over 10 years of experience in design of structures. She received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters in Structures from Princeton University where her studies focused on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy in structural design. She is excited to have recently joined Cast Connex to open the NYC office and provide engineering, design-assist, and client collaboration support.

Brief Company History
Founded just under 10 years ago, Cast Connex has grown to be a world leader in the design of structural steel castings. Cast Connex supplies off-the-shelf castings for use in a variety of building structures and provides custom designed castings for project specific applications. Past projects include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Hudson Yards Tower A in New York, Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Longfellow Pedestrian Bridge in Boston, and the Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto.

Lunch will be provided.