(Photo reprinted courtesy
of Engineering News-Record, © The McGraw Hill Companies,
Inc., April 12, 2010. All rights reserved.)
John R. Hillman, Engineering News-Record’s 2010
Award of Excellence recipient, presented this year’s Vecellio
Lecture at Virginia Tech. Hillman holds three patents for his
invention of the Hybrid-Composite Beam (HCB) used in bridge
construction. The beams weigh less and last far longer than
conventional beams, providing substantial cost savings.
The annual fall lecture is sponsored by the
Vecellio Family Foundation and individual family members through
an endowment to the school’s Vecellio Construction Engineering
and Management Program. The endowment also supports
scholarships, fellowships and a full professorship at the
Three family members — the late Leo Vecellio, Sr.
(class of 1938), Leo Vecellio, Jr. (1968) and Michael Vecellio
(2001) — are alumni of Virginia Tech, more formally known as
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.