Before becoming an engineer, Matt traveled to Pamplona, Spain, where he successfully ran with the bulls.

Matthew Olender, who leads the Fort Lauderdale office, began his career as a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in 2001 in the New York office. Matt’s specialties include forensic investigations, emergency response, condition assessments, existing building repair and alteration, and litigation support. He has experience with a variety of concrete, steel and masonry structures in the commercial, educational and residential sectors.

Expertise in Many Areas
In addition to supervising project teams, he collaborates with architects, contractors, developers, property managers, attorneys, condominium boards and building owners on a diverse mix of projects. Matt is also part of a select group that manages Thornton Tomasetti’s national Forensics practice.

Giving Back to the Profession
Matt is the current president of the Florida Structural Engineers Association’s Miami chapter, and has previously served in other leadership capacities for the group.

Outside of Work
In his spare time, Matt enjoys golfing, tennis, landscaping, watching football and spending time with his wife and two kids. He is currently an assistant coach of his oldest son’s soccer team.

• Emergency response
• Forensic structural engineering
• Structural engineering
• Expert witness