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Thomas Boothby



  • Architectural Engineering

209 Engineering Unit A


Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems

Interest Areas:






  • Thomas E Boothby, 2015, Engineering Iron and Stone, ASCE Press, Alexandria VA, USA

Book Reviews

  • Thomas E Boothby, 2009, The History of the Theory of Structures by K.-E. Kurrer, pp. 639

Journal Articles

  • Stevan A Walton and Thomas E Boothby, 2014, "'What is Straight Cannot Fall' Gothic Architecture, Scholasticism, and Dynamics", History of Science, 52, (4), pp. 347-376
  • Nicole Trujillo, Thomas E Boothby and Erik Valentino, 2013, "Non-destructive evaluation of brick masonry using air-coupled impact-echo analysis", APT Bulletin, 44, (2-3), pp. 35-42
  • Thomas E Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Mark Ketchum, 2012, "Milo S. Ketchum and Thin Shell Concrete Structures in Colorado", APT Bulletin, 43, (1), pp. 39-46
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2011, "Analysis and Management of Lenticular-Truss Bridges", APT Bulletin, 42, (1), pp. 19-27
  • S. Atamturktur and Thomas E Boothby, 2010, "Stochastic Bayesian calibration of finite element models of masonry vaults", The Masonry Society Journal, 28, (2), pp. 77-93
  • S. Atamturktur, P. Fanning and Thomas E Boothby, 2010, "Traditional and Operational modal Analysis of Masonry Vaults", Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 163, (3), pp. 213-223
  • S. Atamturktur, A. Pavic, P. Reynolds and Thomas E Boothby, 2009, "Full-scale modal testing of vaulted gothic churches: lessons learned", Journal of Experimental Techniques, 33, (4), pp. 65-74
  • C. E. Bakis, Thomas E Boothby and J. Jia, 2007, "Bond Durability of GFRP Bars Embedded in Concrete Beams", Journal of Composites for Construction, 11, (3), pp. 269-278
  • E. Erdogmus, Thomas E Boothby and E. B. Smith, 2007, "Structural Appraisal of the Florentine Gothic Construction System", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 13, (1), pp. 9-17
  • P. J. Fanning, L. Szobak, Thomas E Boothby and V. Salamoni, 2005, "Load testing and model simulations for a stone arch bridge", Bridge Structures, 1, (4), pp. 367-378
  • Thomas E Boothby, Y. Yurianto and E. Erdogmus, 2005, "Experimental Replication of Masonry Arch Spandrel Wall Collapse", The Masonry Society Journal, 23, (1), pp. 37-46
  • Thomas E Boothby, M. K. Parfitt and C. K. Roise, 2005, "Case Studies in Diagnosis and Repair of Historic Thin-shell Concrete Structures", Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, 36, (2-3), pp. 3-12
  • J. Jia, Thomas E Boothby, C. B. Bakis and T. L. Brown, 2005, "Durability Evaluation of GFRP-Concrete Bonded Interfaces", Journal of Composites for Construction, 9, (4), pp. 348-359
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2005, "Designing American Lenticular Truss Bridges 1878-1900", Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, 30, (1)
  • E. Erdogmus and Thomas E Boothby, 2004, "Strength of Spandrel Walls in Masonry Arch Bridges", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 1892, pp. 47-55
  • Paul J. Fanning and Thomas E Boothby, 2003, "Experiment-based Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges", Bridge Engineering
  • Thomas E Boothby and R. M. Marra, 2003, "The Bowers Program: Effects of Cross-Disciplinary Design Activities on Architectural Engineering Student Performance", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering

Conference Proceedings

  • Thomas E Boothby, A. Taliercio, P. Condoleo, A. Anzani and L. Binda, 2008, "Developing masonry vault models for global assessment", Proc. Int. RILEM Conf. "On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures" (SACoMaTiS 08), 1, pp. 551-560
  • Thomas E Boothby and S. Atamturktur, 2007, "A Guide For Finite Element Analyses Of Historic Load-Bearing Masonry Structures", 10th North American Masonry Conference, The Masonry Society
  • Thomas E Boothby, S. Atamturktur, J. Ochsendorf, A. Tallon and S. Murray, 2007, "Structural Modeling Of The Vaults Of St. Julien In Couleuvre, France", Proceedings of IOMAC 2007, pp. 8
  • E. Erdogmus, Thomas E Boothby and E. B. Smith, 2003, "Documentation of a Medieval Structure: Santa Maria Novella", 9th North American Masonry Conference
  • E. Erdogmus and Thomas E Boothby, 2003, "Analysis of Masonry Arch Bridge Spandrel Walls: Loading and Strength", 9th North American Masonry Conference


  • S. Atamturktur and Thomas E Boothby, , "Structural Analysis of Guastavino Domes", APT Bulletin
  • S.A. Walton and Thomas E Boothby, , "What is straight cannot fall: Gothic Architecture, Scholasticism, and Dynamics", pp. 52


  • H. S. Atamturktur, L. M. Hanagan and Thomas E Boothby, 2007, "Extension of large-scale modal analysis techniques to historic masonry vaults", pp. 11
  • S. Atamturktur, Thomas E Boothby and P. J. Fanning, 2007, "Traditional And Operational Modal Testing Of The Washington National Cathedral", pp. 8
  • Thomas E Boothby and P. J. Fanning, 2004, "Load-rating of masonry arch bridges--Refinements", Journal of Bridge Engineering, 9, (3), pp. 304-307

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee (Elected 17-18), August 2017 - August 2018
  • Chairperson, Chair, College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Committee, July 2014 - November 2015
  • , Chair, Department of Architectural Engineering Promotion and Tenure Committee, August 2013 - July 2015
  • Advisor, MAE Adviser, Master of Architectural Engineering, August 2014 - August 2015
  • Member, Member, Architectural Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, August 2014 - July 2015
  • Coordinator, Option Thesis Coordinator Structures, August 2010 - August 2015

Service to External Organizations:




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