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    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11th, the American Society of Civil Engineers has gathered an esteemed group of civil engineers to share how their professional backgrounds forever connected each of them to the attacks on the World Trade Center. In an effort to show how the events of 9/11 affected generations of civil engineers, ASCE has sought the insights of those individuals who worked on the original buildings, the federal investigations following the attack, as well as the individuals working on the reconstruction project.

    Question 1:   Is there a single powerful memory that stands out from that day or the days following?  
    Question 2:  With the perspective of 10 years, what do you think was the most significant impact of those event first from the perspective of civil engineering and then as a nation? How do you think the profession has changed as the result of those events?  
    Question 3:   As tragic as the events of 9/11 were, did we at least learn something that has proven to be beneficial professionally? 
    Question 4:  Are there design or construction innovations that developed as a result of the Trade Center or Pentagon attacks that have enhanced the construction or renovation of other buildings? 
    Question 5:  There are those who remain skeptical about the generally agreed-on version of events on 9/11. Do you have any thoughts about that? 

    Thank you to our speakers, W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, Robert M. D'Onofrio, P.E., M.ASCE, Francis J. Lombardi, P.E., Dist. M.ASCE, F. SAME, Leslie E. Robertson, P.E., C.E., S.E., D.Sc., D.Eng., Dist. M.ASCE, NAE, AIJ, JSCA, AGIR, Chartered Structural Engineer (U. K. and Ireland), First Class Architect and Engineer, Japan, and S. Shyam Sunder, Sc.D. Hear individual responses to questions by clicking on an individual's name. To hear the full interviews and read the speaker bios, visit the interview page.

    The views, opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in the following interviews are those of the individual speakers, are not given or endorsed by the employers of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the positions of or the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

    Question 1: Is there a single powerful memory that stands out from that day or the days following?   

          Corley                    D'Onofrio                    Lombardi                    Robertson                    Sunder 

    Question 2: With the perspective of 10 years, what do you think was the most significant impact of those event first from the perspective of civil engineering and then as a nation? How do you think the profession has changed as the result of those events?  

          Corley                    D'Onofrio                    Lombardi                    Robertson                    Sunder  

    Question 3: As tragic as the events of 9/11 were, did we at least learn something that has proven to be beneficial professionally? 

          Corley                    Lombardi                    Robertson                    Sunder  

    Question 4: Are there design or construction innovations that developed as a result of the Trade Center or Pentagon attacks that have enhanced the construction or renovation of other buildings? 

          Corley                    D'Onofrio                    Lombardi                    Robertson                    Sunder  

    Questions 5: There are those who remain skeptical about the generally agreed-on version of events on 9/11. Do you have any thoughts about that?  
          Corley                    Lombardi                    Robertson                    Sunder