Carl Westerdahl

Carl Westerdahl, 1937-2013

Join the Friends of the Folsom Library for the inaugural Carl A. Westerdahl Forum. The speakers will highlight the role Rensselaer alumni played in the growth of bridge design locally and nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Folsom Library. The Carl A. Westerdahl Forum memorializes the creative contributions made by Carl A. Westerdahl (1937–2013), former dean, director, and historian at Rensselaer, through programs that explore education, history, art, architecture, engineering, and science as they relate to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For more information contact Adrienne Birchler, Folsom library, (518) 276-8329, or at

Featured speaker

Frank Griggs ’56, engineer, bridge restorer, historian

Panelists include:

Chris Letchford, head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
George Christian, M.S. ’76

Lunchtime presentation

noon–1 p.m.
Civil Engineering Training at Rensselaer in the Late 1800s
Russell Sage Dining Hall

Evening Presentation

6–7 p.m.
Crossing the Hudson: Capital Region Bridges
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium