Dr. Robert T. Ratay, PE, is a
structural engineer in private practice and Adjunct Professor at
Columbia University in New York. His current practice
and teaching are focused on the investigation and analysis of
structural and construction failures.
His four decades of
professional experience in structural engineering is divided about
equally between full-time design practice and combined teaching and
consulting. He has been a consultant to architects,
engineering firms, contractors, corporate clients, law offices,
insurance companies, and government agencies.
Ratay is the Editor‑in‑Chief of the Handbook of Temporary
Structures in Construction, and of the Forensic Structural
Engineering Handbook, both published by McGraw-Hill; and of the
book Structural Condition Assessment published by Wiley. He
is the originator and principal developer of SEI/ASCE
37-02, Design Loads on Structures During Construction
He had held responsible positions with
leading engineering firms, and been professor, department chair and
dean of engineering at prominent universities.
He is a
graduate of the University of Massachusetts with B.S and M.S.
degrees in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in Structural
Dr. Ratay has served on and chaired several national and international technical committees concerned with structural performance, building science, construction methods and safety, design codes and standards, and has been on the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE.
In January, 2003, Dr. Ratay was named by Engineering
News-Record one of the “Top Newsmakers 2003” who made a
mark in the construction industry.