She had the opportunity to participate in the design of many interesting buildings including several skyscrapers. Dr. Garlock received her Bachelors of Science degree from Lehigh University, a Masters of Science degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. degree from Lehigh University.
Her research aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, both as related to advancing the knowledge in structural engineering and as related to the education of future engineers. She takes creative and innovative approaches to find structural solutions, in particular for extreme loading scenarios such as earthquakes, fires, and storm surges. She studies such loading scenarios both as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events.
In addition to multi-hazard resistant structural design, Dr. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past, which encompass the ideals of efficiency, economy, and elegance. She has co-authored a book on the subject (Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist), written several book chapters, and co-curated several exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays that teach about exemplary structural engineering designs. She has recently developed two online courses (MOOCs) on the theme of “The Art of Structural Engineering”, and one of them was recently ranked #7 out of 2,400+ MOOCs launched in 2019.
Dr. Garlock is actively involved in the ASCE professional society as a member of SEI’s Executive Committee. In the past, she served as Chair of ASCE’s Special Design issues and Chair of ASCE’s Fire Protection Committee. During her period as Chair of the Fire Protection Committee, she directed the work of the committee on an Appendix to ASCE-7 on “Performance-Based Design Procedures For Fire Effects On Structures.”
Dr. Garlock’s research on multi-hazard resistant structural design, the art of engineering, and education has been published in many journal papers, conference proceedings, and books. She is frequently invited to lecture on such subjects within the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Garlock is also serves several journals such as Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (2010 – 2014) and a member of the editorial board of the new journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.