In anticipation of the start of Islamic Awareness Week (week of April 7, 2019) by Illinois Tech’s Muslim Students Association, recognition goes out to Muslim-American Fazlur Khan, who was born on April 3, 1929.
Khan immigrated to the United States at 23 on a student visa and went on to become one of the most important structural engineers in the history of world. During the 1960s and 1970s, his designs were critical to the construction of Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Center and 110-story Sears Tower, since renamed Willis Tower. He passed away on March 27, 1982 at 52 and is buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. He would have been 90 years old this April 3.