Michael Abrahams: Structural Engineer

Alumni Photo“After graduating, I spent a year with the Bechtel Corporation as a structural engineer working on the design of two taconite iron ore plants in Minnesota, followed by three years as a Civil Engineer with the US Peace Corps in the Philippines. Since that time, I have been with Parsons Brinckerhoff in their New York office, where I am currently a Senior Vice President and Technical Director.

My career at PB has been almost exclusively involved with major structures, primarily bridges, including, most recently, the largest cable-stayed bridge in North America, in Charleston, SC. I have been able to use my excellent Columbia engineering education to help the City of New York to assist two mayoral task forces on the large Parade Balloons used by Macy’s on Thanksgiving Day.

I recently have had the pleasure of working with Professors Rene Testa and Andrew Smyth on an investigation of the effects of the New York City Marathon on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which was part of seismic investigation of that structure. I have been married for 30 years to Elena, a teacher in the Greenwich, Connecticut public school system, where we live. I also am the proud father of two fine young men, both of whom are civil engineers. Saul is a graduate of the University of Colorado Engineering School and is a Project Engineer for Kiewit in Denver, CO, while David, also a graduate of Columbia School of Engineering, works as a structural engineer for Parsons Brinkerhoff in New York City, currently on the East Side Access Project.”

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