ASCE Establishes Teams to Study NY and DC Disasters

ASCE Establishes Teams to Study NY and DC Disasters

ASCE, using its Disaster Response Procedure, has authorized the formation of two teams to study the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York and the damage to the Pentagon in suburban Washington, DC. Each team is composed of ASCE members who are experts in the design of complex structures. Team members will use their contacts in their area of expertise and work with local officials in the disaster area to gain access to the site. When the teams complete their assignment their work will be documented in the form of a report that is made available to the ASCE membership and other interested parties. ASCE's Disaster Response Procedure has been in place for approximately 10 years. This is the fifth time in 2001 the procedure has been used to create study teams. Earlier teams, whose members were experts in earthquakes and lifeline engineering, were dispatched to study and document the devastation from the earthquakes in El Salvador, India, the Seattle area, and Peru. Funding for the teams is made available through the ASCE Voluntary Fund.

Team Members confirmed as of 11/14/01 are:

World Trade Center
Data Collection Team

W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., P.E., Lead
Senior Vice President,
Construction Technologies Laboratories
Skokie, Illinois
Expert in building collapse investigations; principal investigator,
Murrah Federal Office Building Study
Jonathan Barnett, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Fire Safety Studies
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
Expert in building fire safety design and fire computer modeling
David T. Biggs, P.E.
Ryan-Biggs Associates
Troy, New York
Expert in facades
Bill Coulbourne, P.E., S.E.
Principal, URS Corporation
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Edward M. DePaola, P.E.
Partner, Severud Associates
Consulting Engineers
New York City
Expert in structural engineering
Robert F. Duval
Senior Fire Investigator
National Fire Protection AssociationExpert in fire investigations
John T. Fisher, P.E.
Joseph T. Stuart Professor of
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Expert in metallurgy and connections
Richard G. Gewain
Senior Engineer, Hughes Associates, Inc.
Expert in fire engineering
Ramon Gilsanz
Managing Partner, Gilsanz Murray Steficek
New York City
Expert in structural engineering
John L. Gross, Ph.D., P.E.
Leader, Structural Systems and Design Group
Building and Fire Research Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Expert in steel design and fire-structure interaction
Ronald Hamburger, P.E., S.E.
Senior Vice President, EQE Structural
Engineers Division
ABS Consulting
Belmont, California
Expert in structural analysis and design
Nestor Iwankiw
Vice President, Engineering and Research
American Institute for Steel Construction
Expert in steel design
Venkatesh Kodur, Ph.D., P.E.
Institute for Research in Construction
National Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Expert in fire effects on materials
Eric Letvin
Department Head, Hazards Engineering Group
Greenhorne & O'Mara
Greenbelt, Maryland
Jon Magnusson, P.E.
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, Inc.
Expert in structural analysis and high-rise design
Christopher E. Marrion, P.E.
Fire Strategist, Arup Fire
New York City
Expert in fire engineering
Therese P. McAllister, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Structural Engineer
Greenhorne & O'Mara
Greenbelt, Maryland
James Milke, Ph. D., P.E.
Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering
University of Maryland
Expert in fire resistance analysis
James A. Rossberg, P.E.
Director, Structural Engineering Institute
Reston, Virginia
Saw-Teen See, P.E.
Managing Partner
Leslie E. Robertson Associates
New York City
Expert in structural analysis and high-rise design
Robert Smilowitz
Principal, Weidlinger Associates
New York City
Expert in blast effects
Bruce Swiren
Hurricane Program Manager, Region II
Federal Emergency Management Agency
New York City
Paul Tertell, P.E.Program Manager, Building Performance Assessment Team
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, D.C.

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