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Charles Home Trautmann

Charles Home Trautmann, museum director, civil engineer. Registered professional engineer; certified professional geologist. Research fellow Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1987-1988; named Engineer of Year, New York State Society Professional Engineers Southern Tier Section, 1996.


  • Trautmann, Charles Home was born on January 6, 1952 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Homer Frank and Gail (Greenhalgh) Trautmann.

  • Education

    • Bachelor cum laude, Amherst College, 1974. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Geology, Stanford University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1983.


    • Geologist Geotechnical Engineers, Inc., Winchester, Massachusetts, 1976-1979. Graduate research assistant Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1979-1983, research associate, 1983-1988, senior research associate, 1988-1994. Adjunct associate professor civil and environmental engineering, since 1994.

      Executive director Sciencenter, Ithaca, since 1990. Consultant engineer, geologist, private practice, Ithaca, since 1983.

    Major achievements

    • Registered professional engineer. Certified professional geologist.


    • Contributor over 60 articles to professional journals.


    Board directors Ithaca Montessori School, 1984-1991, president, 1984-1986, trustee, since 1995. President Forest Home Association, Ithaca, 1989-1990. President, board trustees 1st Methodist Church, Ithaca, 1984-1987.

    Member advisory board Paleontological Research Institute, since 1993, Cayuga Nature Center, since 1993. Board directors Tompkins County Area Development, since 1995. Member American Society of Civil Engineers (president Ithaca section 1993-1994, Engineer of Year award Ithaca section 1995), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association Engineering Geologists, American Institute Professional Geologists, National Association Science Teachers, Association Science-Technology Centers, Science Teachers Association New York State (executive committee 1994-1995), American Association Museum, New York State Science and Technology Museum Consortium (vice president 1993-1995, president since 1995), National Eagle Scout Association, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon.


    • Married Nancy Lawson Morton, May 7, 1977. Children: Nina Morton, Eric Morton.
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    Born January 6, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      Amherst College
    • 1976
      Master of Science in Geology
    • 1983
      Cornell University
    • 1976 - 1979
      Geologist Geotech. Engineer, s
      Winchester, Virginia, United States
    • 1979 - 1983
      graduate research assistant, Cornell University
      Ithaca, New York, United States
    • 1994
      adjunct associate, professor civil and environmental engineering