Sigrid Adriaenssens

Design of lightweight, large-scale protective structures for extreme events
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Program in Mechanics, Materials and Structures.
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Sigrid Adriaenssens is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Her research focuses on lightweight surface systems and how they can be optimized and realized to interact with extreme structural or environmental loading. This includes research on flexible and rigid shells and plates, submerged flexible membranes and nets, and metamaterials with applications for a resilient urban environment. The applications range from adaptive building shading devices to large-scale inflatable storm surge barriers and are sometimes inspired by systems that evolved in biology, art or architecture.