Professor Harry Poulos to Present 2024 Stanley D. Wilson Memorial Lecture

Shannon & Wilson and the University of Washington's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are pleased to host the 2024 annual   Stanley D. Wilson Memorial Lecture.

This year's Wilson Lecturer, Professor Harry Poulos, will present “Deep Foundations for Tall Buildings” on Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 PM at the University of Washington Tower Auditorium. Reception to follow.

This event is free to the public. Please RSVP by April 5 to

The Stanley D. Wilson Memorial Lecture was established in 1989 to foster and maintain the spirit of thoughtful and practical engineering solutions.

Lecture Highlights
Wilson Lecturer Professor Harry Poulos will discuss the challenges and issues associated with foundation design for tall buildings.  Professor Poulos will describe his three-stage approach to design, outline design risk factors and measures that can be taken to reduce these risks, emphasize the critical importance of the geotechnical characterization of the site, and discuss key parameter assessment. 

Professor Poulos will illustrate his approach by exploring two examples of the application of this design process to tall buildings: one in Dubai and the other in South Korea. Additionally, he will touch on externally-imposed ground movements and multiple building interaction, two additional issues that may be of importance in urban environments.

About the Lecturer 
Harry Poulos, AM FAA FTSE NAE is currently a Senior Consultant with Tetra Tech Coffey in Sydney, Australia and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. He has undertaken research into the analysis and design of pile foundations for onshore and offshore applications, and in recent years, for high-rise buildings. He has been involved in a large number of major projects including the Egnatia Odos highway project in Greece, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Dubai tower in Doha, Qatar, and the Crown Tower in Sydney. 

Professor Poulos was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1988 and a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1996. In 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to engineering, and in 2010, he was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2014, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and in 2017, he received the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for design from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was also awarded the 2020 Peter Nicol Russell Medal by Engineers Australia for his lifetime achievements in Engineering, and in 2023, the inaugural ISSMGE Lifetime Achievement Award.

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