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College names first Thornton-Tomasetti Fellow.

Dr. Moujalli Hourani has been named the first Thornton-Tomasetti Faculty Fellow at Manhattan College in the initial scholarship award resulting from a $1.2 million faculty chair in engineering endowment made by Manhattan graduates Charles H. Thornton, Jr., (Class of '61) and Richard L. Tomasetti, (Class of '63), of Thornton-Tomasetti Group, the international engineering and design firm.

The Thornton-Tomasetti Faculty Chair in Civil Engineering endowment, established last fall in honor of their fathers, Charles Thornton, Sr. and Angelo Tomasetti, Sr., will be used annually to combine faculty scholarship, student involvement and the integration of new and emerging knowledge into the curriculum.

The recipient, Dr. Moujalli Hourani, associate professor and chair of civil engineering at Manhattan College, will select one or two deserving student scholars to work with him in research of a field of interest of his choosing. Dr. Hourani began teaching at the College in 1988.

"Charles and I learned so much from our fathers, who always stressed that education and hard work were the keys to success," said Mr. Tomasetti, chairman of Thornton-Tomasetti Group. "We are extremely happy to be able to provide this ongoing opportunity to further the pursuit of academic excellence to the faculty and students of our alma mater," added Dr. Thornton.

Thornton and Tomasetti shared a passion for their major, engineering, as well as similar working class backgrounds and became good friends during their years at Manhattan College. Together, they built Thornton-Tomasetti Group into one of the most respected international engineering and design firms in the world.

Thornton-Tomasetti Group, headquartered in New York City, provides a wide cross-section of services to building industry clients through its three divisions. Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers offers structural engineering design on some of the most significant skyscrapers, sports facilities, commercial, residential and cultural projects throughout the world; LZA Technology specializes in multidisciplinary building investigations, restoration design and advanced technologies; LZA Associates provides complete building design services for specialized facilities with complex systems. The firm maintains 12 offices in the U.S. and international offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. For more information about the firm, visit

Manhattan College was founded in 1853 upon the Lasallian heritage of excellence in teaching inspired by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Manhattan College is an independent, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of study in the areas of arts, business, education, engineering and science. For more information about the College, visit
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Mar 30, 2005
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