Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1976.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1967.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1966.

Dr. Lawrence Kahn retired in May 2015 after 40 years of service to the Georgia Institute of Technology. He remains a professor emeritus in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, advising graduate students and teaching the occasional course. Through his career, he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of structural engineering covering subjects that included structural analysis, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, masonry, and senior design. Principal research areas include use of high performance concrete, repair and rehabilitation of structures, earthquake engineering, and computer-aided engineering and design.  From 1993 through March 2000, Dr. Kahn was the director of the Computer-Aided Structural Engineering Center which conducted research, development and publication of  GTSTRUDL and other structural engineering software. Further, he conducts experimental research in the areas of structural concrete, structural masonry, and fiber reinforced plastics with emphasis on repair and rehabilitation.


  • Structural concrete and masonry
  • High performance concrete for prestressed concrete bridges
  • Self-compacting concrete
  • Repair and rehabilitation of bridges and buildings
  • Earthquake resistant design and retrofit


  • Distinguished Educator Award, “In recognition of sustained excellence in teaching, outstanding contributions to the institute, and a career-long commitment to the precast/prestressed concrete industry,” Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, October 2017
  • Henry L. Kennedy Award “…in recognition of your research contributions for repair of concrete and masonry structural members,” American Concrete Institute, November 2015
  • Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award, the Institute-wide teaching award given to a senior faculty member, April 2015
  • Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award “for outstanding leadership of Committee 562, Evaluation, Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings,” American Concrete Institute, October 2013
  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Outstanding Senior Teaching Award, 2012
  • ASTM, Outstanding Article in the Journal of Testing and Evaluation: Garas, Victor; Kahn, Lawrence; and Kurtis, Kimberly; “Tensile Creep Test of Fiber-Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete,” Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 38, No. 6, American Society of Testing and Materials (www.astm.org) paper JTE102666, June 2010.
  • Best Paper award, TMS Journal, (2007) for the paper “Effective Pier Model for the Nonlinear In-Plane Analysis of Individual URM Piers,” The Masonry Society Journal, vol. 23, n. 1, December 2005, authored by Yi, Tianyi; Moon, Frank; Leon, Roberto; and Kahn, Lawrence
  • The Masonry Society, President’s Award, May 2006
  • Elected Fellow, The Masonry Society, May 2006
  • Institute Outstanding Professional Education Award, April 2005
  • Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, presented by The Masonry Society to Dr. Franklin Moon with Drs. Lawrence Kahn and Roberto Leon, Advisors, October 2004
  • Outstanding Paper Award, authored by Moon, Frank; Yi, T.; Leon, R.T.; and Kahn, L.F.; 9th North American Masonry Conference, June, 2003
  • ANAK Award, Institute wide award for outstanding professor given by ANAK Honor Society, 2003
  • Outstanding Professor in Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech (voted by ASCE student chapter), 1978, 1979, 1981, 1993 and 1995.
  • Composite Institute "Best Paper" with Dr. Abdul Zureick and Mr. B. J. Bandy, 1994
  • Elected ACI Georgia Section "Distinguished Chapter Member", 1994
  • Who's Who in Engineering
  • Elected Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, 1983
  • Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, ASCE, 1980
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, 1975
  • Sigma Xi Honor Fraternity, 1975
  • Chi Epsilon Honor Fraternity, 1975 (Elevated to Honor Member Georgia Tech 2011)
  • Rackham Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1975
  • National Science Foundation Traineeship, 1971
  • Graduation "With Distinction", Stanford University, 1966


  • Redmond, Laura, Andreas Stavridis , Lawrence Kahn and Reginald DesRoches; “Finite Element Modeling of Hybrid Concrete-Masonry Frames Subjected to Cyclic Loads,” ASCE J. Structural Division, v. 144, n. 1, January 2018
  • Soleimani, Farahnaz, M. McKay, CS W. Yang, K. E. Kurtis, R. DesRoches, L. F. Kahn; “Cyclic Testing and Assessment of Columns Containing Recycled Concrete Debris,” ACI Structural Journal, v. 113, n. 5, Sept-Oct 2016, pp. 1009-1020
  • Moser, Robert D., Kimberly E. Kurtis, Preet M. Singh , and Lawrence F. Kahn; “Effect of Sulfates on Passivation in Alkaline Environments,” Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Construction Materials, paper 1400016, November 2014
  • Moser, Robert D., Preet M. Singh , Lawrence F. Kahn , Kimberly E. Kurtis; “Crevice Corrosion and Environmentally Assisted Cracking of UNS S32205 and S32304 High-Strength Duplex Stainless Steels in Simulated Concrete Pore Solutions,” Corrosion, 2014
  • Moser, Robert D., Kimberly E. Kurtis, Preet M. Singh , and Lawrence F. Kahn ; “Influence of Sulfates on the Passivation Behavior of Carbon and Stainless Steels in Alkaline Environments,” submitted to Construction & Building Materials 2014
  • Holland, R.B., K.E. Kurtis, and L.F. Kahn; Chapter 7 “Effect of Different concrete Materials on the Corrosion of Embedded Reinforcing Steel,” in Corrosion of Steel in Concrete Structures, Ed. Amir Pourasee, Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier), Duxford, UK, 2016
  • Zureick, A. and Kahn, L., “Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials for Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete Structures,” Chapter in Engineered Materials Handbook, Volume 1, Composites, ASM International, Phoenix, 2001
  • Sabnis, Gajanan M.; Shroff, Avanti C.; and Kahn, Lawrence F., ed.; Seismic Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures, SP-160, American Concrete Institute, Detroit, MI, 1996, pp. 318
  • Loreto, Giovanni; Russell T. Gentry, Kimberly E. Kurtis, and Lawrence Kahn; “Self-Roughening Concrete with Enhanced Shear Friction Capacity for Cold Joint Applications,” 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, Washington DC, May 2016, #120, Session C-2
  • Redmond, Laura; Reginald DesRoches, and Lawrence Kahn, “Seismic Performance of Caribbean-Style Hybrid Concrete Masonry Structures,” Proceedings 12th North American Masonry Conference, The Masonry Society, June 2015
  • Gleich, Lorintz; Paul, Alvaro; and Kahn, Lawrence; “Transfer Length of High-Strength Duplex Stainless Steel Strand in Prestressed Concrete Piles,” Proceedings PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Washington, D.C. Sept 6-9, 2014
  • Kesner, Keith; Conroy, Kevin; and Kahn, Lawrence; “Code Requirements for Evaluation, Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings,” STRUCTURE Magazine, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, August 2014, pp.57 -59
  • Schuetz, Daniel, L. Kahn, K. Kurtis, P.Singh, and R. Moser; “Preliminary Studies of the Mechanical Behavior of High-Strength Stainless Steel Prestressing Strands,” Proceedings PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Nashville, TN Sept 29-Oct 2, Paper #70
  • Future Needs in Preservation of Aging Infrastructure, 3rd ACI/JCI Joint Seminar, ACI Convention, Anaheim, CA October 2017
  • Repair and Rehabilitation of Structural Concrete, 3-day seminar at Catholic University, Santiago, Chile, January 2015
  • Research Implementation in Design and Construction, AEC Academic/Industry Partnership symposium, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, October 23, 2014
  • The Crystal Palace: Materials and Structural Engineering, Great Buildings and Structures Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, April 5, 2014
  • History and Background of ACI 562 Code, ACI Convention, Reno, Nevada, March 25, 2014
  • “Self-roughening concrete,” joint with Dr. Kimberly Kurtis, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015 with patent application: Self-Consolidating Concrete Construction With Self-Roughening Properties (Inventors: Lawrence Kahn and Kimberly Kurtis, c/o Georgia Tech Research Corporation), International Application Number: PCT/US16/33373 International Filing Date: 19 May 2016 GTRC Ref. No. 6997
  • PadCaps for Concrete Cylinder Testing@, disclosure to Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996.
  • Fiber Reinforced Plastic Membrane for Bridge Deck Reinforcement, disclosure to Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993.
  • Facility and Method for Seafloor Storage and Supply of Bulk Fuel, with Harvey H. Haynes and Norman D. Albertsen, U.S. Patent No. 4,007,700, 1977.
  • "Underwater In situ Placement of Concrete," U.S. Patent No. 3,745,775, 17 July 1973.