George Bugliarello was a visionary leader who understood the role of engineering in improving the world. He studied engineering at the University of Padua. He went to the University of Minnesota on a Fulbright scholarship and graduated in 1954 with a master’s degree in civil engineering. In 1959, he received his doctorate in civil engineering and hydrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. George Bugliarello served as dean of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1969 to 1973 when he accepted the job at the Polytechnic Institute of New York where he served as president until 1994.
Dr. Bugliarello is credited with creating Hydro, a computer language for hydrology and hydraulic engineering; founding and serving as co-editor of the journal Technology in Society; and creating at Polytechnic the first American graduate program in financial engineering.
The memory of George Bugliarello would be woefully incomplete without mentioning his quiet kindness to friends and colleagues. George Bugliarello’s leadership, collegiality, civility, keen mind, and kindness made those he touched better for knowing him.
Professor Molof joined NYU’s Civil Engineering Department in 1962, after receiving a Ph.D. and two M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is credited with expanding NYU’s offerings in environmental engineering. During his long career, Dr. Molof mentored 18 doctoral students. His area of specialization was wastewater treatment. He held a number of patents dealing with water and wastewater treatment. Died October 22nd 2015 at 86 years old.
Robert Ratay served in the 1990s and early 2000s as a professor of structural engineering at what was then generally known as Brooklyn Poly. Ratay’s academic career also included stints at City College of New York; Pratt Institute, where he chaired the Department of Civil Engineering before becoming Dean of the School of Engineering; and Columbia University. He is perhaps best remembered for his popular course on forensic structural engineering.
He was the originator and principal developer of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s standard concerning design loads on structures during construction. Ratay authored three highly regarded reference books: Handbook of Temporary Structures in Construction, Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, and Structural Condition Assessment. Prof Ratay passed on January 3, 2020.
Raul R. Cardenas Jr.
Professor Raul Cardenas got his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. He later served in the US Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. After the war, he came to NYC and earned a Masters's and Ph.D. degrees from NYU in Environmental Engineering. He was a professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York where he taught for many years. Raul put forth tireless efforts protecting the environment including wetlands.