Harry B. Thomas is a 1962 graduate in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. He spent his professional career as a structural engineer with the consulting engineering firm of Stilson & Associates, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, advancing to Associate (1967), Partner (1984), Vice President (1988), and President (1990).
His first ten years were in the firm’s Bridge Department designing bridges for highways and railroads, ranging from small bridge structures to complex urban interchanges on the Interstate Highway System. In 1965, the Interstate Route 70 twin bridges over the Pennsylvania Railroad were selected as the Prize Bridge in the Highway Grade Separation category.
In 1972 he became Head of the Structural Department, responsible for the structural design of diverse buildings such as offices, industrial facilities, water/wastewater treatment plants, flood control projects, and fossil fuel and hydroelectric powerplants.
Mr. Thomas has been active in ASCE/SEI activities, serving on the Standards Committees for ASCE 7 (1985-present), ASCE 37 (1988-2005), and chairing ASCE 24 (1993-2005). He was the Chair of the Steering Committee under a FEMA grant which prepared the prestandard for ASCE 24.
He has served on the Executive Committee for the SEI Codes and Standards Activities Division (1998-2004), on the ASCE/SEI Codes and Standards Committee (2000-2006), and on the SEI Board of Governors (2006-2010).
He has made a number of presentations at ASCE Conferences in 1984, 1996, and 2003. Additionally, he has been active in making presentations and moderating sessions at SEI Structures Congresses in 2004, 2005 and 2011.
Mr. Thomas has memberships in ASCE (Life Member), SEI, Engineers Club of Columbus (Life Member), Chi Epsilon, and serves on the Board of Governors of The Ohio State University Civil Engineering Alumni Association where he is a Past-President. He was recognized in 1997 by The Ohio State University College of Engineering as a Distinguished Alumnus.