Dr. Ali Ashrafi received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and is currently a Principal at Thornton Tomasetti and a licensed engineer. He is the Vice-chair of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, and a member of the ACEC NYC Metro Region Fire Codes Committee. Ali has extensive experience investigation damages to buildings, including as a result of fires. He also has overseen numerous projects including performance based structural fire engineering at several iconic structures throughout the US such as the Shed in New York City, Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Pittsburgh International Airport, and Kravis Center in Florida. Dr. Ashrafi is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, having taught both Structural Fire Engineering and Earthquake and Wind Engineering.