Pawel Woelke, Ph.D., P.E., an associate principal at Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, was one of 60 engineers invited by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend the 2016 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (JAFOE). The symposium took place on June 16-18 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.
Started in 1995, the JAFOE brings together 60 engineers ages 30-45 from U.S. companies, universities and government labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields. The goal of the Symposium is to facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.
• Dr. Woelke is a leader in Thornton Tomasetti’s Weidlinger Applied Science practice and heads the firm’s industrial R&D efforts, which involve tackling challenging engineering problems in automotive, rail, aviation, shipping and other industries. He also heads the team responsible for the development of VistaMat Suite, an ensemble of software modules that facilitate high-fidelity advanced material modeling.
• He has contributed to and led vulnerability studies and mitigation design efforts for critical infrastructure in the New York metropolitan area for bridges, tunnels, buildings, storage facilities and retaining walls, as well as elements of non-load bearing building envelopes subjected to explosive, impact, thermal and cutting threats.
• Dr. Woelke was an invited participant in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Pawel Woelke Ph.D., P.E., associate principal, New York, Thornton Tomasetti
“Being selected to attend the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering is an honor. Broadly defined topics across different engineering disciplines emphasizes the bigger picture, which we sometimes forget. It gives us the opportunity to learn about new techniques and technologies that impact, influence or inspire our own work. It is a tremendous learning experience that enables us to promote best practices throughout the field of engineering.”
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Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 50 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability practitioners and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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