Skyscrapers Surrounding Twin Tower Site Are Structurally Sound, Says New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Top Engineer


What: NJIT’s top civil engineer, John Schuring, Ph.D., visited the Twin Tower Plaza Saturday, assisting with the structural evaluation of the surrounding buildings. Most of the buildings, he reports, have no structural damage. The buildings are pockmarked and windowless, but they show no signs of distress, or sinking, he says.

Who: John Schuring, Ph.D., professor of civil engineering and the chairman of the department at NJIT.

How: Schuring’s office phone is 973-596-5849; home phone is 908-852-6716; email Schuring@adm.njit.edit.

Background: Schuring, who has an expertise in structural design, has been following the Twin Tower disaster closely. The New York Times has quoted and interviewed him throughout this past week. His research interests include remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, including the development of a new patented soil treatment process known as pneumatic fracturing.

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 2001

Where: He is available today by phone or email, and arrangements can be made to interview him on campus, in person, later this week. Please contact the Public Relations Department.


NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,800 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

Contact Information:   Sheryl Weinstein
Robert Florida
Public Relations
(973) 596-3433