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Charles H. Thornton

PH.D., P.E., Hon. AIA, Hon. ASCE Consultant & Founding Principal


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 and serves as an advisor to the Thornton Tomasetti board of directors. Charlie has been involved in the design, construction and analysis 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 structures, including two of the tallest: Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a recognized expert in collapse and structural failure analysis. His credits include the investigation of the Hartford Coliseum roof collapse in Connecticut and served on the FEMA Building Performance Assessment team for the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is currently chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm.


Ph.D., Structural Mechanics, New York University

M.S., Civil Engineering, New York University

B.S., Civil Engineering, Manhattan College

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Charlie founded the ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit organization which introduces high school students to careers in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.