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museum director , civil engineer

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.


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 Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1979-1983;research associate, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, 1983-1988;senior research associate, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, 1988-1994;adjunct associate professor civil and environmental engineering, since 1994. Executive director Sciencenter, Ithaca, since 1990. Construction engineering, geologist, private practice, Ithaca, since 1983.


  • Registered professional engineer. Certified professional geologist.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor over 60 articles to professional journals.


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

Member of 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.

Homer Frank Trautmann

Gail (Greenhalgh) Trautmann

Nancy Lawson Morton

Nina Morton Trautmann

Eric Morton Trautmann