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Elisabeth Malsch

Ph.D., P.E. Managing Principal & Forensics Practice Co-Leader


Elisabeth Malsch is an expert in structural analysis and design, with specializations in investigative projects. She is proficient in static, dynamic and nonlinear analysis and the evaluation of buildings, temporary structures, and mechanical systems under the effects of typical to extreme loads. In addition to serving on Thornton Tomasetti's board of directors and as co-leader of our Forensics practice, Elisabeth is a member of the leadership team that oversees the firm’s research and development program. As part of this initiative, she was one of the lead developers of Hummingbird Kinetics, a fluid harmonic damper for tall and supertall buildings that was based on NASA technology. Elisabeth is a frequent lecturer, speaking on topics that range from technical innovation to improving diversity in the field of engineering.


Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

M.Phil., Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

B.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University

Elisabeth provides analytical expertise not generally applied in the building design industry, but often required in evaluating collapsed structures and failed components.