History Abounds In Good Design Lessons, Says Henry Petroski At
2008 Vecellio Lecture
(4th Quarter 2008)
Renowned author, engineer and Duke University
professor Henry Petroski shared his unique insights on “Success
and Failure in Design: Lessons from History” at the 2008
Vecellio Distinguished Lecture, held on the campus of Virginia
Tech in October 2008.
Petroski, a professor of both civil engineering and history, has
written more than a dozen books on design, covering everything
from complex bridge structures to the everyday pencil. He has
been featured on numerous radio and television programs, has
lectured before national and international audiences, and is the
recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctoral degrees.
The lecture series is sponsored by an endowment from the
Vecellio Family Foundation and individual family members in
support of the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management
Program at Virginia Tech, where several Vecellios have
graduated, including the late Leo Vecellio, Sr. (class of 1938),
Leo Vecellio, Jr. (1968) and Michael Vecellio (2001).
The Vecellio endowment also supports scholarships, fellowships
and a full professorship at the school.