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Robert Ratay is a structural engineer in private practice in New York with nearly fifty years of design, construction and teaching experience, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. His current practice and teaching are focused on the investigation and litigation support of structural and construction failures. He has been an expert consultant/witness for engineers, contractors, owners, attorneys, and insurance companies in the investigation and litigation support of structural and construction failures. Earlier in his career he had worked with such prominent engineering firms as Le Messurier Associates, Severud Associates and HNTB, and had been Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department, then Dean of the School of Engineering at Pratt Institute, and a Professor at Polytechnic University in New York. He has lectured extensively at conferences and seminars and published in U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ratay is the Editor-in-Chief of three books: Temporary Structures in Construction, 3rd ed., Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, 2nd ed., and Structural Condition Assessment. He is a Fellow and Life Member of ASCE where during his 50-year membership he has served on and chaired several technical committees, was a member of the SEI Board of Governors, and is now an active member of the Forensic Practices Committee of the Technical Council of Forensic Engineering (TCFE). He is the originator and chairman of the ASCE/SEI 37, Design Loads on Structures During Construction Standard Committee. He is also a Fellow of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Chairman of its Working Group on Forensic Structural Engineering, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Forensic Engineering Journal. In 2003, Dr. Ratay was named by Engineering News-Record one of the Top Newsmakers 2003 who made a mark in the construction industry”; in 2011 he was named by Structural Engineer magazine as one of the Power List of ten “individuals who bring progress and passion to the structural engineering field.”
SEI Fellow Since 2012