Although Polish-born and Paris-trained, civil engineer Ralph Modjeski would make his mark in the United States, earning a prominent place among America’s greatest builders of bridges.

A true visionary and a man of many accomplishments – he was also a talented pianist – Modjeski merged artistry with science at the turn of the 20th century and in subsequent decades to create several of America’s key infrastructural links.

A pioneer of suspension bridge design, he masterminded such ambitious projects as the Benjamin Franklin and Oakland Bay Bridges, served as consulting engineer on several others, and instructed and influenced many of his successors in the field. BRIDGING URBAN AMERICA celebrates his numerous achievements and examines his lasting legacy.

Airs Monday, April 9th at 10 pm.