Leslie E. Robertson
Leslie E. Robertson
Leslie Earl Robertson
February 12, 1928
|Education||BS, University of California, Berkeley (1952)|
|Institutions||National Academy of Engineering|
Institution of Structural Engineers
|Practice name||Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)|
|Projects||World Trade Center|
Shanghai World Financial Center
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
|Awards||John Fritz Medal (2012)|
IStructE Gold Medal
Leslie Earl Robertson (born February 12, 1928) is an American engineer. He was the lead structural engineer of the Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center in New York City. He has since been structural engineer on numerous other projects, including the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.
Early life and education
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Robertson studied civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and received a BSc degree in 1952.
Robertson's engineering career began in 1952, when he joined Kaiser Engineering. In 1958 he joined the Seattle structural and civil engineering firm Worthington and Skilling. As an "up-and-coming engineer", Robertson was selected by Worthington, Skilling, Helle, and Jackson (WSHJ) to participate in the design of the World Trade Center Twin Towers (1966–1971), his first high rise construction. In 1967 Robertson was made a partner and WSHJ was renamed Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson. The firm split its operations in 1982, with Robertson renaming the East Coast office Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
Since the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, debates about the safety of rent-space-maximized designs have engaged the profession, but most would agree that the design of the World Trade Center actually withstood the impact of the plane with enough time to allow many thousands of occupants to evacuate safely. Robertson's firm later participated in the development of a database of basic structural information for the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC1 and 2) for NIST and FEMA, and to record the undocumented structural changes that had been made to the buildings after construction began.
Robertson has been married for several decades to SawTeen See, an engineer who also has served as business manager of their architectural engineering practice, Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA).
- 1975 Member of the National Academy of Engineering for "contributions in the design of tall buildings and development and application of wind-engineering principles to tall-building design for assurance of safety and comfort of the occupants"
- 1986 Honorary degree, Doctor of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- 1989 Honorary degree, Doctor of Science, University of Western Ontario
- 1989 Construction's Man of the Year (now known as the Award of Excellence) by the Engineering News-Record for his work developing efficient structural systems and championing wind engineering research.
- 1991 Honorary degree, Doctor of Engineering, Lehigh University
- 1993 Mayors Award for Excellence in Science and Technology for contributions to the design of the World Trade Center. World Trade Center Individual Service Medal for contributions to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center following the 1993 bombing.
- 2002 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology from the National Building Museum
- Gengo Matsui Prize of Japan
- 2003 Honorary degree, Doctor of Engineering, University of Notre Dame
- 2003 ASCE OPAL Award for lifetime contributions to design.
- 2004 IStructE Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers
- 2004 The Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for leadership in Structural Design.
- 2006 Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
- 2008 Elevated to National Honor Member of Chi Epsilon national civil engineering honor society
- 2012 John Fritz Medal from the American Association of Engineering Societies
- 2015 International Civil Engineering Award from the José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation
- Koch, Karl (2002). Men of Steel: The Story of the Family That Built the World Trade Center. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-4000-4601-7.
- Leadership and Management in Engineering magazine. Volume 9, Issue 1, Engineering Legends pp. 46-50 (January 2009)
- Leslie E. Robertson Associates support to NIST/FEMA Archived 2009-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design". architecture.mit.edu. MIT Architecture Department. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
- "NAE Members - Mr. Leslie E. Robertson". NAE.edu. National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- Lewis, Scott (April 20, 2015), "ENR Marks 50 Years of Excellence", Engineering News-Record, New York: Dodge Data & Analytics, vol. 274 no. 11, pp. 42–56, ISSN 0891-9526
- "Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Leadership Awards Past Award Winners". ASCE.org. American Society of Civil Engineers. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- "IStructE Gold Medal Winners 1922-2008". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "2004 Fazlur Khan Medal Winner". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- "Historical List of Distinguished and Honorary Members" (PDF). ASCE.org. American Society of Civil Engineers. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- "Award Guide and Past Recipients". American Association of Engineering Societies. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- "La Fundación José Entrecanales Ibarra premia al ingeniero estadounidense Leslie E. Robertson". Acciona. Retrieved 2016-06-20.