January 28, 2010
Thornton Tomasetti Project Engineer Receives Honor from American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, Va. – John Barry’s international achievements span the globe and they are big – literally. The 28-year-old project engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in New York City was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). An integral part of ASCE’s 2010 National Engineers Week (Feb. 14-20) initiatives, the program promotes the achievements of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions and impact on society.
Barry designed three structures for the $8.5 billion MGM City Center in Las Vegas, including a 45,000 square foot hung glass curtain wall. City Center employs approximately 12,000 people and is the largest building in the world recognized as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold project since its opening in December 2009.
Barry has also worked on the Shanghai Tower and a tower in Shenzhen which will be recognized as the second and third tallest buildings in the world, once completed. During a six month stay in Denmark, Barry was given the opportunity to design part of Tivoli Gardens’, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, newest ride, Vertigo.
In addition to his professional work, Barry is a member of the ACE mentoring program, advising students on engineering and architecture careers. He also builds and designs sets recreationally for various stage productions in New York City.
Barry earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s degree from the University of Illinois. A licensed professional engineer in California and New York, he is a resident of New York City.
ASCE’s top five New Faces of Civil Engineering were also submitted to the national New Faces of Engineering program run by the Engineers Week Foundation. This program includes representatives from the civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles, including the top civil engineer chosen by the Engineers Week Foundation, will be featured in a USA Today ad during Engineers Week and will be profiled on the National Engineers Week Web site at www.eweek.org, as well as at www.discoverengineering.org.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.
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