Expert: Bridge Collapse Poses Significant Supply Chain Disruptions

The collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge will significantly impact national and local supply chains, says Shaya Sheikh, Ph.D., associate professor at New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management.  Sheikh, who teaches courses in supply chain operations and analytics,…

Media Availability: Expert Comments on Structural Collapse of Baltimore Bridge

In the aftermath of the collapse of Baltimore’s Frances Scott Key Bridge, authorities are trying to figure out what went wrong and how the collision of the heavily traveled structure with a container cargo ship brought it crumbling down into the Patapsco River. Video shows the massive bridge buckling and tumbling into the water in a matter of seconds. Erin Bell, chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire, is an expert on bridge construction and points to the structure of the bridge as a possible weakness. She can provide insight into how such a large span could come down so easily—sharing details on how bridges are made, what needs to happen to cause such a devastating collapse and if this could happen with other major bridges.