World Trade Center lead engineer to speak Wednesday

Author: Erik Runyon


Leslie Robertson, lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center towers and president and founder of the engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates, will present a lecture titledResearching New Heights: High-Rise Towers and Tall Buildingsat 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 21) in Room 104 of Bond Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Notre DamesSchoolofArchitectureandCollegeofEngineering, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Robertson is recognized as one of the leading figures in his field. In addition to designing the twin towers, he has designed three of the eight tallest buildings in the world, as well as structures as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inCleveland, the Bank China tower in Hong Kong and the Continental Arena inNew Jersey.

Robertson, who received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from Notre Dame in 2003, was honored by the city ofNew Yorkfor his restoration work on the trade center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and has received the Gengo Matsui Prize and AIA Institute Honor. He also has been recognized for his lifetime contributions in design by the American Society of Civil Engineers and was recently named one of Engineering News Records125 Top People of the Past 125 Years.

The presentation is part of theSchoolofArchitectures 2005-06 lecture seriesArchitecture and its Allied Disciplines.More information on the series can be found on the Web at .

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