Thomas F. Zimmie, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Company: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Location: Wynantskill, New York, United States

Thomas F. Zimmie, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.

Drawing upon more than five decades of practiced industry experience, Dr. Zimmie is a prominent engineer with specialties in dam safety, physical modeling of blasting and explosions, levees and embankment designs, geosynthetics, sediment transport of rivers, and groundwater hydrology, among others. Commencing his career as a staff engineer for the Union Carbide Corporation in 1964, he subsequently served as a professional engineer in Mansfield, CT, for four years before serving as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, Norway, from 1972 to 1973. Following this appointment, he served a number of engineering firms within New York, including Wang and Zimmie Consultants, Arch Engineering Consultants, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, among others. Since 1976, he has been a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having been the acting chair of the department from 2005 to 2008. Alongside his primary academic endeavors, he has also been the president and chief executive officer of his own engineering firm, Civrotech Engineering, P.C., since 1993.

Highly educated, Dr. Zimmie holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science in civil engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in geotechnical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and Connecticut, as well as a diplomate of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists. Notably, he has contributed more than 280 articles to professional publications throughout his tenure.

In light of his exceptional accomplishments in both education and engineering, Dr. Zimmie has accrued several accolades. A fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners International and the American Society of Civil Engineers, who honored him with two Outstanding Service Awards in 1986 and 1987, he additionally received a the Special Service Award and the Charles Dudley Award from ASTM International in 1980 and 1984, respectively. In 2007, he was awarded by the United States Senate for his contributions to the study of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, having also received the Civilian Patriotic Service Award from the United States Army Corps of Engineers the same year. Notably, he has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East.

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