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Robert Smilowitz

Ph.D., P.E., SECB, F.SEI Senior Principal


Bob Smilowitz has more than four decades of experience performing structural vulnerability assessments and blast engineering services for U.S. embassies, federal courthouses and office buildings, airline terminals and a wide variety of institutional and commercial structures around the world. Bob is a leading authority on protective design and security and has made significant contributions to the analysis and design of high-profile, blast-resistant structures. He has provided security upgrades to the United Nations in New York City, finite element analyses and retrofits for the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and blast investigations and design for the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Bob was a member of the ASCE/FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team, which documented the behavior of the World Trade Center in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He has also been a major contributor to the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan, particularly with regard to planning and implementing physical security criteria


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S., Civil Engineering, The Cooper Union

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Bob has contributed to the development of protective design standards for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. General Services Administration.