Elisabeth provides analytical expertise not generally applied in the building design industry, but often required in evaluating collapsed structures and failed components.
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Elisabeth Malsch joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2005 and is the East region leader of the Forensics practice. She has more than 12 years of experience in modeling the mechanical behavior of structures; for the past eight years, she has focused on structural analysis and design, specializing in investigative projects and restoration of historic structures. Elisabeth is proficient in static, dynamic and nonlinear analysis and evaluation of buildings, parking garages, space frames, domes and scaffolds under the effects of wind, seismic forces, vibration and blast loads.
An Advanced Scholar
After completing her studies at Columbia University – where she earned a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in civil engineering and engineering mechanics – she went on to do postdoctoral research at the Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany. Elisabeth contributes to the scholarship of the profession as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, through numerous speaking engagements, technical papers and articles. Her recent topics include forensics and its relationship to bridges and the Internet.
A Rising Young Star
In 2012, she was named to Building Design + Construction magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and Engineering News-Record New York’s New York Top 20 Under 40. In 2013, she was included in Civil + Structural Engineer’s list of Rising Stars in Structural Engineering.
Outside of Work
Elisabeth, a mother of two, has helped make the firm more family-friendly by promoting intelligent staffing arrangements and access to the right tools for working remotely. By changing the way women in the firm work, she has made a positive impact on her profession.
• Forensic structural engineering
• Structural engineering – Alterations and rehabilitations
• Structural stabilization
• Expert witness
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