University of Pittsburgh
May 22, 2013

Building Expert Available to Comment on Rebuilding Following Oklahoma Tornado

Kent Harries, University of Pittsburgh
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—More than 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed completely because of the recent tornado rampaging through Oklahoma, with estimates of damage in excess of $2 billion. That makes this week’s storm the most expensive in the history of storm-ravaged Oklahoma.

Kent Harries, associate professor of structural engineering and mechanics in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is an expert on the impact of natural hazards on civil infrastructure and mitigation efforts. He is available to comment on these issues as they relate to the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., at

Harries was consulting engineer for the December 2005 collapse of the Lake View Drive Bridge over Interstate 70 in Washington County, Pa., and has consulted on a number of other structural failures in the United States and abroad.

Harries is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute. He is an editor of the international journal Construction and Building Materials and an associate editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Bridge Engineering. Harries is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.