Educational Credentials :

  • M.S., Civil Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1991
  • B.S., Civil Engineering with a Minor in Architecture and Planning, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1990

Teaching Experience :

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), City College of New York, CUNY, 2010-present
  • Lecturer, School of Architecture and School of Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2017-2021
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2004-2010
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, 1997

Professional Experience :

  • Principal, DRPILLA, PC, Nyack, NY, 1999-present
  • Senior Engineer, DeNardis Associates Inc., White Plains, NY, 1995-1999
  • Engineer, Geiger Engineers, PC, Suffern, NY, 1994-1995
  • Project Engineer, M.G. McLaren Engineering, Nyack, NY, 1992-1994

Licenses/Registration :

  • Professional Engineer, NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, GA, FL, CO, OR, WA, TX, DC, DE, HI, MA, SD, AZ, RI, TN
  • Structural Engineer, NV, WA, HI
  • Civil Engineer, CA, NV
  • Registered Architect, NY, CT, NJ

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Book:
    • Pilla, D. Elementary Structural Analysis and Design of Buildings. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, 2016.
  • Articles:
    • Pilla, D. & Tong, X. “Horizontal and Vertical Enlargement of a 'Sliver' Building.” Structure Magazine (2013).
    • Pilla, D. & Kaniuczok, M. “Diving In: Steel Helps A Single-Family Home and Pool House Go Swimmingly.” Modern Steel Construction (2013).
    • Pilla, D. & Tong, X. “Creating an Opening in Existing Floors.” Structure Magazine (2013).
    • Pilla, D. & Tong, X. "Penthouse View: A New Modular Structure Provides an Option for Unused Rooftop Space." Modern Steel Construction (2012).
    • Pilla, D. & Tong, X. "An Affordable and Sustainable Building Design in New York City." Structure Magazine (2011).
    • Pilla, D. & Tong, X. "Evaluating Historic Structures for Adaptive Re-Use." Structure Magazine (2010).
    • DeNardis, J., Pilla, D., Berger, H. & Spillers. W.R. "University of Northern Iowa Air Dome Retrofit." Modern Steel Construction (1999).
    • DeNardis, J., Pilla, D., Berger, H. & Spillers. W.R. "Hybrid Cable-Arch Systems for Long Span, Lightweight Roof Structures" (Proceedings, IASS Congress, Sidney, 1998).
    • Spillers, W. R., Schlogel, M., & Pilla, D. "A Simple Membrane Finite Element" Computers and Structures 45:1 (1993): 181-183.
  • Research Project:
    • Effects of Wind, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and New York City Department of Buildings (2017).

    Professional Memberships :

    • American Institute of Steel Construction
    • American Concrete Institute
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • LEED Accredited Professional
    • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
    • National Council of Structural Engineers Association
    • New York Society of Architects
    • New York Building Congress
    • Structural Engineering Council Board
    • Structural Engineering Institute