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As Vice President and head of the Advanced Analytics group at Thornton Tomasetti, Elisabeth Malsch is no stranger to pushing forward innovations in the construction industry. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights how she has even gone as far as Alabama, to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where she learnt about how rocket technology can keep the sway of tall buildings in check.

Thornton Tomasetti actually has the exclusive domestic license to use the technology that NASA initially developed for rockets in its design and construction of buildings and bridges. One project Ms. Malsch is overseeing adapts the NASA technology to limit vibrations in towers. This system will be installed in a 32-story modular building overlooking Barclays Center that is being developed by Forest City Ratner Cos.

“A lot of folks wouldn’t even come out and look at it, and some saw it and didn’t know what to do with it,” said Robert Berry, a NASA project manager. “She saw the potential and the simplicity, and she wanted to go do it.”

You can find out more about Elisabeth’s professional achievements and read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website (subscription required).

Further reading: The Real Deal – From NASA to Brooklyn: Here’s why skyscraper living doesn’t make you queasy