John Ochsendorf
John Ochsendorf
Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Dr. John Ochsendorf, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a structural engineer with multidisciplinary research interests including the history of construction, masonry mechanics, and the design of more sustainable infrastructure. An expert on the mechanics and behavior of masonry structures, Dr. Ochsendorf collaborates with art historians, architects, and engineers on the study and structural assessment of historic monuments around the world. His group’s work on equilibrium methods has been extended to include early-stage structural design tools for architects and engineers. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and several dozen journal papers in structural mechanics. He has been awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Ochsendorf studied structural mechanics at Cornell (BSc), Princeton (MSc), and the University of Cambridge (PhD).

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