Among his many professional contributions, Richard developed the stressed skin tube structure for high-rise buildings, first applied to Pittsburgh’s Mellon Bank building.

Richard L. Tomasetti is a preeminent structural engineer, educator, author and lecturer. He served as chairman of Thornton Tomasetti until 2007 and is currently an advisor to its board of directors. Richard’s 45 years of global experience as a structural engineer includes a variety of major projects — from the design of the World Financial Center in New York City and Plaza 66 in Shanghai, China, the tallest all-concrete building in China, to Pittsburgh’s Mellon Bank building, the first stressed skin tube structure, and Taipei 101. He is a recognized investigator of structures in distress and led New York City’s engineering support for search, rescue and cleanup following the World Trade Center disaster in 2001.

Recognition and Honors
Richard was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. Among many other honors and awards (see below) is a citation by Engineering News-Record in “Those Who Made Marks” for developing the stressed skin tube structure for high-rise buildings.

Educating Future Generations
Richard is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, an Honors Seminar faculty member at New York University and an active author and lecturer. He was the 2008 Fazlur Kahn Lecture Series speaker, presenting “Engineering of Major Architecture, Then and Now” at Lehigh University.

Giving Back to the Profession
He is chairman of the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, Chairman Emeritus of the New York City Urban Assembly Schools, past chairman of the New York Building Foundation and a past chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on High Rise Design. Throughout his career, he has generously given his time to numerous other institutions and professional organizations.

• Structural engineering
• Forensic investigation
• Academic teaching