One of Eli’s key strengths is combining new high-tech software tools with traditional pragmatic engineering.

Eli Gottlieb joined Thornton Tomasetti 18 years ago and in 2009 became the youngest-ever principal at the firm. He gained diverse experience early in his career, working on technical and creative projects around the world. His experience includes structural analysis, design and review of nearly every type of building, including commercial buildings, hotels and sports facilities. One of his key strengths is combining new high-tech software tools with traditional pragmatic engineering.

Technical Innovations and Accolades
Eli brings his creative thinking to a number of projects, such as the 40-story 11 Times Square, in which the concrete core was built before the steel frame—a first for New York. His portfolio also includes Times Square Tower, Nationwide Arena, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Blue at 105 Norfolk St. In 2011, he was named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 20 under 40 list for the New York region, which recognizes outstanding contributions of young professionals in architecture, engineering and constuction. The following year, Structural Engineering named him a Rising Star.

Academic Contributions
Eli is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department. He has taught at both his alma maters and appreciates the opportunity that offers him to challenge issues beyond the norm of commercial practice.

Outside of Work
Eli is the president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York, volunteers with Blue Hill Troupe, a nonprofit theater group that raises money for various local charities, and enjoys mountaineering in his spare moments.

Expertise
• Building information modeling
• Design delivery strategy
• Project delivery
• Structural design