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FST’s Brenner publishes third book

August 13, 2015


Brian Brenner, P.E., a vice president and structural engineer in the Boston office of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, has released his third book, Too Much Information: Living the Civil Engineering Life. Published by the ASCE Press, the e-book is available now, with the hard copy version expected to be available September 30, 2015.

On its e-book reference page (, the publisher writes: “If you find yourself doing the quick pocket pat-down known as the Engineer’s Check; If you use a MathCAD analogy to explain the birds and the bees to your teenager; If you are so steeped in structural parameters that you chortle over inappropriate variables; if you watched The Sopranos just for the bridges pictured in the opening montage, you are a candidate for Brian Brenner’s latest collection of humorous essays that celebrate life as a practicing civil engineer.”

Brenner, who is also a professor at Tufts University, previously authored Don’t Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life and Bridginess: More of the Civil Engineering Life. Of the former book, Publishers Weekly wrote: “Brenner’s honest, assured voice, brainiac populism, and bite-sized essays make this a quirky, addictive winner that should bring out the ‘inner civil engineer’ in a wide cross-section of readers.”

For FST, Brenner has worked on numerous successful bridge projects of various types and sizes throughout New England and New York. He was the firm’s project manager for the highly praised Burns Bridge design-build replacement project in Shrewsbury-Worcester, for which FST served as the lead designer.

The book’s graphics and cover were designed by Ryan Marshall, an assistant engineer at FST.