Engineer of World Trade Center to Speak for WWU

WWU celebrates National Engineers Week

By: Becky St. Clair

Leslie Robertson, here by invitation of WWU, will speak on February 21.

The School of Engineering at Walla Walla University is pleased to announce that the lead structural engineer of the original World Trade Center will be the keynote speaker at a dinner celebrating National Engineers Week, February 17-23.

Leslie Robertson, P.E, C.E., S.E., D.Sc., D. Eng., will present “A Life in Structural Engineering: Tall Buildings and Even Taller Buildings” at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, in the Reid Campus Center on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla.

Robertson began his career in 1952 after graduating from the U.C. Berkeley School of Civil Engineering. In 1958, he joined the firm that was later to be identified as Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P. (LERA), with the guiding principle of providing an imaginative and responsible approach to engineering problems.

With professional licenses, honors and awards, professional activities and teaching experience, patents, publications, and current projects too numerous to list, this talented individual has been seen on the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and many others.

Robertson is responsible for the structural design of hundreds of buildings and structures around the world including the World Trade Center (New York), the United States Steel Headquarters (Pittsburgh), the Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong), the Puerta de Europa (Madrid), the Continental Arena (New Jersey), and the Shanghai World Financial Center. He has also designed several exceptional museums in Berlin, Portland (Maine), Suzhow (China), and Seattle, and the Miho Museum Bridge in Japan.

“We often take for granted that bridges we drive over, buildings we work in, water we drink, power we depend on, and planes we ride in are safe and functional,” says Larry Aamodt, dean of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering. “During engineers week we seek to increase awareness of engineering and its importance.”

Tickets for the Engineering Dinner and Robertson’s presentation are available for $30 ($15 for students). Please call 509-527-2765 by noon on February 15 to reserve your place at this event.

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