Edward M. DePaola, PE, SECB, F.SEI

President & CEO

Ed DePaola has designed buildings using almost every structural system and material and is considered an expert in high-rise and tensile membrane construction. Since joining Severud Associates in 1981, he has engineered many challenging and noteworthy structures including One Vanderbilt Avenue, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park and the temporary entrance canopy at the World Trade Center PATH station, all in New York City, as well as the roof of the Jeppesen Terminal at the Denver International Airport. Ed became a principal in just 12 years and took the firm’s helm in 2006. As a leader in the field, Ed shares his professional expertise through his work as a fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and a director of the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB). He also serves on committees of SEI and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACECNY) and is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) and past governor of SEI.

Ed was a member of the team that investigated the World Trade Center collapse and is a co-author of the report, World Trade Center Building Performance Study, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in April 2002. He is also author or co-author of several articles, including “One Bryant Park, New York,” which appeared in Structural Engineering International in February 2008, and “Smooth Re-Entry: The Entrance Canopy at the Temporary WTC PATH Terminal,” which appeared in Structure in February 2005. Ed frequently makes topical presentations at conferences and other meetings of design professionals.

Ed is certified by SECB and licensed as a professional engineer in New York and 20 other states. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Master of Science in civil engineering, both from Notre Dame University. In addition, he received a law degree from Seton Hall University.