Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity.
I joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2003, and have ever since participated in our Renewal practice, leading a variety of structural design, investigation, renovation and adaptive reuse projects. My specialty is new design for existing buildings. Projects include: repairs to the Walter Payton Center (practice facility of the Chicago Bears), vertical expansion of the 25-story Fairbanks residential tower and the adaptive reuse of the award-winning Saieh Hall of Economics at the University of Chicago. I've also managed TT's work at Navy Pier since 2012, including support for the new Centennial Wheel.I strive to apply the latest technology while also respecting historic techniques. We applied historic concrete practices on Tadao Ando’s adaptive reuse of a 1930s building into an art gallery on Chicago’s north side. I applied similar concepts in schematic design of the Office of the Future, which uses 3D printing technology. I enjoy sharing my deep enthusiasm for the engineering profession. I have been active with ASCE since my college days and was chair of its Committee on Pre-College Outreach for three years. I served as associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering and write a blog for the ASCE News website. Since 2007, I have taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the master of architecture program. Always looking to spread the word about engineering, I have had several moments in the limelight, including starring in a NSF video on a day in the life of an engineer and appearing alongside British TV personality Richard Hammond in the Nat Geo “Engineering Connections” episode on Taipei 101. I also provided technical consulting for the ASCE-supported “Dream Big” film playing in IMAX theaters in 2017.I also enjoy traveling. In 2007, I spent 6 months working in Copenhagen through an international partnership between TT and Leif Hansen. In 2009 I took a 6-month leave of absence from to live in the South of France.