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Powell Draper is a structural engineer with experience in the building, bridge, and shipbuilding industries. He has degrees in history from Wake Forest University and civil engineering from the University of Virginia. His doctoral dissertation in structural engineering from Princeton University provided the basis for a chapter he coauthored in Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist (Yale University Press), named as one of the best architecture books of 2008 by ArchNewsNow. His research interests include: visualization, modeling and optimization of structures; the historical, environmental, and artistic context of structures; and new technologies for sustainable design.