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Robert K. Otani

P.E., LEED AP BD+C Senior Principal & Chief Technology Officer


Rob Otani is widely regarded as one of the industry’s leading experts in automation and computational modeling. He established and oversees our CORE studio, which focuses on applications development, advanced computational modeling and research and development. Rob is also part of the leadership team that oversees our firm-wide research and development program, CORE Lab, and serves as an advisor to Thornton Tomasetti’s innovation accelerator, TTWiiN. During his career, Rob has been responsible for the design and management of more than $2 billion of infrastructure, commercial, cultural and residential structures and infrastructure projects. He is highly proficient in seismic, wind, dynamic and thermal analysis, and has extensive experience detailing architecturally exposed structural steel and concrete structures. He manages and engineers many of the firm’s special structures projects, including those involving innovative materials and delivery methods.


M.S., Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Civil Engineering, Rutgers University

Among Rob’s favorite research topics are structural optimization methods and techniques, high-performance structures and structural sustainability.