Chief Executive Officer and Principal of LPI, Inc.
Education: Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University
Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University
Master of Science in Civil – Structural Engineering – Manhattan College
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Supplement in Materials Science – University of Southern California
Dr. Robert Vecchio has been with LPI, Inc. (Lucius Pitkin) since 1985, currently as CEO and managing Principal (Partner), specializing in fitness-for-service, fatigue, and fracture mechanics analyses of structures. In addition to day-to-day company management, his responsibilities include fracture mechanics, stress and failure analyses, as well as oversight of mechanical behavior, fatigue and fracture testing and engineering computer software development and application. Dr. Vecchio is a licensed Professional Engineer. In addition to his responsibilities at LPI, Inc., Dr. Vecchio is also an Assistant Professor at Manhattan College where he teaches a graduate course in fracture mechanics and fatigue analyses.
Over the past 20 years Dr. Vecchio has participated in some of New York City’s most challenging infrastructure issues, such as the Hell Gate gas main and Gramercy Park steam main explosions, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 4 Times Square scaffolding collapse, the Washington Heights black-out, and the tragic rescue and recovery efforts following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. At LPI, Dr. Vecchio has been involved in many critical engineering assessments involving various New York City agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, LPI has participated in the evaluations of almost all the NYC bridges and tunnels. In this regard, LPI recently completed an extensive engineering evaluation and testing program, which is currently being implemented for the replacement of the suspender cables on the George Washington Bridge – a major structural overhaul to one of NYC’s most critical transportation links. For the MTA, LPI has assisted the Long Island and Metro North Railroads in evaluating their equipment, in particular assisting these agencies in their ongoing efforts to operate such equipment in a safe and reliable manner. Similarly, LPI has evaluated extensive cracking problems in buses, subway cars, ambulances, and sanitation vehicles for the MTA and NYC.