World Trade Center Chief Engineer to Speak at Florida Tech
– Francis J. Lombardi, PE, chief engineer of the New York & New Jersey Port Authority, will speak on “Engineering Leadership in a Crisis Situation” on
Wednesday, April 5, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in Florida Tech’s F.W. Olin Engineering Building main auditorium, EC118. The public is welcome to attend this free
lecture on a first-come, first-served basis.
The port authority is the agency responsible for the World Trade Center and for such vital facilities as the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, the George
Washington Bridge and the JFK and Newark International Airports. Lombardi oversees an engineering staff of about 1,500 personnel. They are responsible for
all engineering related to the construction and maintenance of these facilities.
Lombardi was chief engineer for the port authority during the tragic attack on the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. He was in an underground
passageway between the two buildings when the North Tower collapsed. He will discuss the vital role of the engineer in the response, recovery and
reconstruction following an unexpected catastrophic event, such as the 911 terrorist attack in New York City.
For more information, call (321) 674-8048. The F.W. Olin Engineering Building is located on University Blvd., on campus.