Posted March 3rd, 2017
Frank Lombardi, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
The Department of Civil and Urban Engineering has always been proud to have Frank Lombardi as a faculty member. As the former Chief Engineer of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he brings to Tandon a wealth of industry experience — much of it conducted under the most challenging conditions imaginable. Following the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center bombing, for example, he was charged with overseeing the extensive structural repairs needed, and after 9/11, he undertook the colossal project to restore PATH service to New Jersey’s Exchange Place and Lower Manhattan.
For those and other accomplishments, Lombardi has been awarded numerous laurels, including the Robert F. Wagner Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Howard S. Cullman Distinguished Service Award (the Port Authority’s highest honor), and he recently added another to his collection: the 2017 Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction. (The Moles are members of a fraternal organization that was founded in 1936 for those involved in the construction of tunnel, subway, sewer, foundation, marine, sub-aqueous, or other heavy construction projects.)
“With his professional accomplishments and commitment to public service, Frank Lombardi serves as a wonderful example to all of our students at Tandon,” Department Chair Magued Iskander said. “He exemplifies the best of civil engineering, as this recognition from his peers affirms.”
Lombardi was presented with the award at a ceremony in late January keynoted by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, a compelling speaker who had overseen the much-needed, multi-year restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of New York City’s most recognized landmarks.