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Invitation to Dr. Charles H. Thornton's Seminar on UC Campus-Oct 8-2007, 1:00-2:00 Sibley Aud.

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Dear Seaint Friend: I am delighted to invite you to a seminar on: "Structural Engineering in the 21st Century-Changing Practices" to be given by Dr. Charles H. Thornton, one of the most preeminent structural engineers and educators in the world, in Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley Campus on Monday October 8, 2007, 1:00-2:00 pm.

The text of announcement is below along with a short introduction on Dr. Thornton. For more information and a one-page announcement of the seminar please refer to A resume of Dr. Thornton is at:

I had invited Dr. Thornton to give his seminar to a joint meeting of my students in CE122-Design of Steel Structures and E36-Engineering Mechanics I-Statics courses. He has honored us all by accepting the invitation and has agreed for me to open the seminar to the campus community and the public so that others also can attend.

Please forward the announcement below to all who might be interested.
Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, Ph.D., P.E., Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Structural Engineering Seminar

"Structural Engineering in the 21st Century-Changing Practices"

Charles H. Thornton Ph.D, PE,Founding Principal-Thornton Tomasetti, ( Chairman- Charles H. Thornton and Company, LLC (cthornton(--nospam--at) Date: Monday October 8, 2007, Time: 1:00-2:00PM, Place: Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
A map of Campus is at:

Abstract: Building Information Models (BIM), Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) fabrication,Performance Based Engineering is causing startling changes in both the practice and delivery of structuralengineering services. The time is now for the structural engineer to step up and into a new leadership role in the industry. Through examples such as Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, NY Times HQ,Soldier Field, DC Baseball and many other projects,
Dr. Thornton will discuss these Changing Practices.

Speaker: Dr. Charles H Thornton is one of the most preeminent structural engineers and educators in the world. He has led the structural design of some of the most important and monumental structures worldwide, including the Taipei-101 in Taiwan, currently the tallest building in the world, as well the Petronas towers in Malaysia, the second tallest building in the world. In addition, Dr. Thornton has taught courses in structural engineering for many years as visiting and adjunct professor. Dr. Thornton is currently Chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company , LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm and continues as a consultant to The Thornton- Tomasetti Group, Inc. Through December 2004, he was Co- Chairman of The Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc., a 500- person organization providing engineering and architectural services, failure analysis, hazard mitigation, and disaster response services. He is the founder of the ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit organization that, each year offers guidance and training to inner city high schools students in architecture, construction and engineering in cities across the U.S.

For more information refer to

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