John Ochsendorf, PhD

John Ochsendorf, PhD is a structural engineer specializing in the analysis and design of masonry vaulting. He is Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a joint appointment between the Departments of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering. At MIT, he directs a research program with an emphasis on historic masonry structures (see web.mit.edu/masonry). Ochsendorf studied engineering at Cornell University and Princeton University before earning his PhD in the structural mechanics of traditional masonry from the University of Cambridge in England. He studied masonry vaulting in Spain in 1999-2000 on a Fulbright Scholarship, and in 2007-2008, he spent a year studying vaulting in Italy after becoming the first engineer to win a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.