Tuesday, February 21, 2012
CEE Welcomes Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson joined Carnegie Mellon University's Civil & Environmental Engineering Department as an Associate Teaching Professor in January of this year. Prior to joining CEE, Thompson worked as a structural engineer at GAI Consultants in Pittsburgh. Here he worked on numerous projects including hazardous site remediation and electrical transmission lines. His work has taken him to locations within the US and several far-flung locations throughout Asia.
Thompson earned his Ph.D. at Lehigh University, where he worked on two large-scale structural tests in their lab. He earned his Master's at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied the dynamic behavior of long-span bridges. After receiving his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University, he spent four years in the U. S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps, serving as the Public Works Officer for the Naval Facility in Adak, Alaska and the Officer-in-Charge of CBU-420 in Mayport, Florida.
Thompson is excited to be at CEE and to return to the classroom, and he is looking forward to working with CMU's faculty, staff and students. Previously, he taught structural engineering, solid mechanics, and construction management courses at Ohio University for seven years prior to moving to Pittsburgh; he has also taught as an adjunct at the University of Pittsburgh, teaching Steel Design. In his first semester at CMU, Thompson is teaching Structural Design, one of his favorite subjects.