The ACE Mentor Program that Charlie founded in 1993 has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships and trained more than 40,000 high school students.

Charles H. Thornton is one of the preeminent structural engineers and educators in the world; he served as co-chairman of Thornton Tomasetti until 2004. He has been involved in the design, construction and analysis of billions of dollars worth of projects worldwide, including hospitals, arenas, high-rise buildings, airports, transportation facilities and special structures. His award-winning work has set industry standards for innovative thinking and creativity. Charlie has led the structural design of some of the world’s most significant and monumental structures, including two of the tallest: Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Towers in Kaula Lumpur.

He is currently Chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm, and continues as a consultant to Thornton Tomasetti. He serves as an advisor to the Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. board of directors.

Collapse and Failure Analysis Expertise
In addition to design proficiency, Charlie is a recognized expert in collapse and structural failure analysis. His credits include the engineering investigation of the Hartford Coliseum Space Truss Roof collapse in Connecticut and the cooling tower scaffold collapse at Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. He was also on the FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team for the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Founder of the ACE Mentor Program
Charlie founded the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, a non-profit organization that since 1993 has offered guidance and training to more than 40,000 inner-city high school students in 106 cities across the United States. ACE has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to date. In recognition of his founding and cultivation of the program, he received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hoover Medal, which recognizes engineers as humanitarians, and the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record.

Educating Future Generations
Charlie has taught structural engineering for many years as a visiting and adjunct professor, and held visiting faculty/lecturer positions at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Princeton University, Manhattan College, Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union.

• Structural engineering
• Collapse and failure analysis
• Academic teaching