Speakers

The 2016 Convention will feature an unmatched slate of speakers from all corners of the globe. Their rich and varied knowledge and expertise will make this one of the most exciting and valuable conventions in structural engineering history!

Keynote Speaker
Plenary Panel Speakers
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Keynote Speaker

Lianne Dalziel

LianneThe opening keynote speaker will be the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel. Mayor Dalziel has served in a number of important roles in the post-disaster environment in Christchurch since its 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, including as a Member of Parliament and as the city’s leader.

Lianne will address the theme of ‘Confronting complexity and building resilience’.  She will discuss how we can better work together both in responding to and recovering from a disaster and in navigating the highly complex environment of the rebuild and regeneration that follows.  There is a saying that “the wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts”.  Lianne says her experience is that the wisdom of the community combined with the knowledge of the experts always exceeds what one can do without the other. Collaboration is vital to building community resilience.

Following the earthquakes, in 2012 Lianne was invited to join the UNISDR Parliamentarians Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction. Lianne is a champion of resilience and a recognized speaker – since becoming Mayor, she has presented at a number of international conferences including the 2014 Understanding Risk forum in London and the 2015 United Nations 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Plenary Panel Speakers

David Bonowitz

David BonowitzDavid Bonowitz is a structural engineer with twenty years of diverse earthquake engineering experience, including consulting to city, state, and federal agencies and research or practice in Guam, Japan, and Indonesia. His principal interest involves the incorporation of engineering standards into pre- and post-earthquake risk reduction policies. He has instructed engineers, architects, and insurance adjusters on how to perform post-earthquake inspections, and he did significant studies following the Loma Prieta, Guam, and Northridge earthquakes. From 2004 through 2007 he served as the first in-house Structural Engineer for California’s Judicial Branch. Bonowitz chairs the Existing Buildings Committee of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, through which he develops and coordinates building code changes on behalf of the nationwide engineering community. He is past-chair of the SEAONC Existing Buildings and Seismology Committees. Bonowitz was the 2004 recipient of SEAONC’s Edwin Zacher Award for Outstanding Service to the Structural Engineering Profession and the 2005 recipient of EERI Northern California’s Award for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Bonowitz is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

Juan Carlos de la Llera Martin

Juan Carlos de la Llera MartinDr. Juan Carlos de la Llera Martin is currently a professor at the School of Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  He is a structural engineer by training and obtained his Ph.D. at University of California at Berkeley in 1994 in the area of earthquake engineering. His research in nonlinear structural and experimental dynamics, seismic structural performance, and seismic risk, have led to several national and international distinctions, in particular, the international recognition John Munro Award in 2002. His research is currently focused in structural and social vulnerability of the new research center CIGIDEN, dedicated to the Integrated Management of Natural Disasters.

Masayoshi Nakashima

Masayoshi NakashimaMasayoshi Nakashima is a Professor at Kyoto University, Japan, and was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015 for large-scale dynamic building testing that has contributed significantly to structural earthquake engineering. Dr. Nakashima has been engaged in research and education in structural and earthquake engineering research throughout his career. Nakashima’s fields of research include inelastic, stability, and collapse behavior of steel members and frames, seismic analysis and design of steel building structures, and experimental techniques for the simulation of earthquake responses. In particular, he pioneered the realization of two very important experimental techniques in earthquake engineering: the hybrid simulation and the shaking table test. Extending over a 30-year time span, Nakashima and his students have published some three hundred technical papers, over one hundred and fifty of them in archived journals. He supervised over 70 graduate students including 30 doctoral students. The Japanese academia recognizes Nakashima’s academic achievements and elected him Member of the Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ, equivalent to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States) and also Fellow of the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies (JFES).

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Scott M. Adan

Scott AdanDr. Scott Adan is a structural and earthquake engineering consultant with over 24 years of experience in the design, investigation, and repair of new and existing structures. He is actively involved in the research and development of earthquake-resisting structural systems and is an accomplished author of engineering-related journal and technical papers.

Nestor A. Agbayani

Nestor AgbayaniNestor Agbayani is Principal Engineer at Agbayani Structural Engineering (ASE), a consultancy in Bakersfield, California. He holds a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has 25 years of professional experience and is a licensed engineer in 31 US states and 7 Canadian provinces. His specialty is in wind farm tower structural engineering with involvement in thousands of megawatts worth of wind turbine tower projects spanning from the late 1980s to the present.

Ibrahim Almufti

Ibrahim AlmuftiIbbi Almufti is an Associate in the Advanced Technology + Research group at Arup in San Francisco. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California with a background in earthquake engineering, hazards, and risk quantification. Ibbi recently led the development of the REDi™ Rating System which provides owners, architects and engineers a framework for implementing “resilience-based design”, a holistic design, planning, and verification approach for achieving “beyond-code” resilience objectives. Ibbi is currently serving on USGBC’s LEED Resilience Working Group, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) Resilience Panel, the Board of Directors of EERI’s Northern California Chapter, the ASCE Disaster Resilience Committee, and the FEMA/USGS Project 17 Committee which helps determine seismic hazard and acceptable risk targets for future building codes. His projects include the 181 Fremont Tower, new Mexico City Airport, Salesforce Tower, Transbay Transit Center, the Las Vegas High Roller, and London Aquatics Centre.

Steven M. Baldridge

Steven BaldridgeSteven Baldridge has over 30 years of experience as a structural engineer and has worked on more than 75 major projects both in the US and international. His projects include 37 high-rises with the majority of them located in areas of high seismicity, such as India, Guam, and Hawaii. He is actively involved with civic and professional organizations, embracing the latest technologies while showing interest, concern and leadership for all aspects of the design and construction industry including having volunteered to respond to earthquake disasters in Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Nepal and Haiti.

David Banks

David BanksDr. David Banks has been a principal at CPP wind engineering for 8 years, with over 20 years in the field. He is a widely recognized expert in the field of wind loads on solar racking systems.

Daniel Bech

Daniel BechDaniel Bech is a Principal at Holmes Culley in San Francisco. He has fifteen years of experience in the retrofit of existing structures, historic buildings and public projects. His areas of expertise include non-linear analysis and performance based engineering.

Karyn Beebe

Karyn BeebeKaryn Beebe, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is an Engineered Wood Specialist serving the Southwest and the Member Services Liaison (MSL) for the Field Services Division of APA. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, Karyn graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Her duties include consulting with designers on the efficient specification of engineered wood products in construction. As the MSL, she manages the APA Field Staff conducting complaint resolutions nationwide of built structures through analysis of design and construction. Karyn is a co-author of the APA/ICC Guide to the 2012 IRC Wood Wall Bracing Provisions. She is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association, the U.S. Green Building Council, and serves as the Past President for the San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC. Prior to joining APA, Karyn worked as a structural engineer and structural plan reviewer for the San Diego building department.

Geoff Bomba

Geoff BombaGeoff Bomba is responsible for a design of complex buildings that include academic, civic, performing arts, laboratory, and historic renovation projects. He plays a hands-on role in design focused projects and provides expertise in structural design and earthquake engineering. With an emphasis on design, Mr. Bomba’s passion for earthquake engineering provide a foundation for customized solutions. Using cutting edge Performance Based Design methodologies or the latest in 3D modeling, Mr.Bomba has made architectural visions a reality with new structural systems and complex architectural geometries.

Jonathan Buckalew

Jonathan BuckalewJonathan Buckalew is a project engineer at Nabih Youssef & Associates. He received his BS and M.Eng from UC Berkeley. During his five years at Nabih Youssef & Associates he has worked on a variety of projects ranging from small tenant improvements to the new Stanford hospital to Tier 2 evaluations of existing school gyms in Los Angeles. Jon is also an active member of SEAOC regional existing building committees. In 2013 he was awarded the SEAONC Special Projects Initiative to study the three guidelines used to retrofit existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, open-fronts and worked with the SEAONC committee to establish performance objectives for San Francisco’s Soft Story Ordinance. He is currently assisting the SEAOSC existing building committee in writing the Soft Story Design Example for the city of Los Angeles.

Henry V. Burton

Henry BurtonHenry Burton joined the University of California, Los Angeles Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the fall of 2014 after completing his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at Stanford University. He has significant industry experience and is a registered structural engineer (S.E.) in the state of California. Henry spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers where he worked on a number of projects involving seismic design, evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. His research and teaching is broadly focused on improving the resilience of urban regions to natural disasters. Specific areas of interest include (1) developing enhanced earthquake resistant building systems, (2) performance-based life-cycle design and assessment, (3) modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events such as major earthquakes.

Joseph H. Cain

Joseph CainJoseph H. Cain, P.E., is a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, licensed in nine states. Joe serves as Chair of SEIA’s Codes and Standards Working Group, and is a voting member of the SEAOC PV Systems Committee. Joe is also a member of ICC’s Renewable Energy Membership Advisory Council. Joe has specialized in structural engineering for solar PV systems since 2008, including acting as structural design Engineer of Record and as an Independent Engineer performing structural due-diligence review. Joe’s past professional experience includes seven years as a building department plan checker.

Paul Campbell

Paul CampbellPaul Campbell is a Technical Director for Opus international Consultants Limited and the current President of the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC). Paul studied at University of Canterbury. After the Canterbury Earthquake sequence of 2010 and 2011 Paul had various technical roles seconded within Christchurch City Council, Civil Defence and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Subsequent to the earthquakes Paul has given evidence at the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission, put in submissions to the NZ Government on Earthquake legislation matters and spent time working on improving the resilience and preparedness of New Zealand to respond to the next big event.

Lyle P. Carden

Lyle CardenDr. Lyle P. Carden is a principal and has been a structural engineer at Martin & Chock since November 2005, where he is involved in structural design and retrofit, project management, hazard mitigation planning and standard development. Dr. Carden completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied the design of bridges and buildings for the effects of large magnitude earthquakes and other extreme events. He has Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Degrees from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He also teaches structural design as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii and is the current secretary of the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii.

Kevin Chen

Kevin ChenKevin Chen is an engineer in the Structures group at Arup in San Francisco. His work has mostly focused on seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings and nonlinear methods for assessing existing buildings. Kevin is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Stanford University. Prior to joining Arup, he worked for one year in Kampala, Uganda, designing seismically resilient structures for different organizations throughout East Africa.

Joseph Collins

Joseph CollinsJoseph Collins is an Associate based in Arup’s San Francisco office with over 13 years of experience as a structural engineer specializing in seismic engineering, long span structures, hospitals, data centers, and sports facilities. His recent focus has been on total building design, the delivery of comprehensive complex designs with the seamless integration of all disciplines. Joseph has been an integral part of both the implementation and development of BIM within Arup, from coordination to IPD and prefabrication. Joseph has led the design of a diverse portfolio of buildings: an innovation campus in China, an airport terminal in Saudi Arabia, a factory in India, multiple hospitals in California and Canada, a corporate restaurant in California, and retail developments in California and China.

Anthony Court

Anthony CourtAnthony Court is a senior principal at A.B. Court & Associates. He has more than 30 years experience in San Diego and throughout California and has gained wide recognition for his seismic engineering expertise, particularly with retrofits of many of San Diego’s historic landmark structures. He has played a leading role in California in the development of new performance based seismic design and sustainable design guidelines and now in merging the two, through both his professional technical activities with the Structural Engineers Association of California and the Applied Technology Council and through his major project work.

Scott C. Darling

Scott DarlingScott Darling is a structural design engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, working on projects in new design, investigation, and seismic retrofit. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Murat Dicleli

Murat DicleliDr. Murat Dicleli is currently a professor and department head at the Department of Engineering Sciences, METU. Dr. Dicleli received his Ph.D. degree in structural engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1993, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the Civil Engineering Department of METU in 1987 and 1989 respectively. Dr. Dicleli is in the Editorial Board of several technical journals. Dr. Dicleli has been involved in the development of the Turkish Seismic Design Code and Technical Specifications for the Design of State Harbor, Railways and Airport Structures. Dr. Dicleli is the recipient of the outstanding paper award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), USA in 2006 and METU 2012 and 2014 Ph.D. thesis of the year awards. Dr Dicleli is the author of more than 200 refereed technical publications and a book on seismic isolation design of highway bridges.

Dick Dreyer

Dick DreyerDick Dreyer has over 44 years experience in the structural design of buildings. He has worked extensively with both new structures as well as older existing structures. As a practitioner of Structural Engineering, he strives to achieve the objective of his clients in the most elegant and efficient way possible. In doing this he strives to build lasting professional relationships, experience both professional fulfillment and….have some fun at it all.

Anindya Dutta

Anindya DuttaAnindya Dutta has experience in structural and earthquake engineering.  He has provided analysis and design of a variety structures in high seismic zones.  Dr. Dutta’s experience also includes seismic evaluation and strengthening of low to high rise structures.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses on concrete design and structural analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo and San Francisco State University.  He is also a regular lecturer at the University of CA at Berkeley’s extension program.  He has authored a number of technical reports and journal papers as well as served as a member of the review board for ASCE’s Structural Engineering Journal.

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Tom Farrell

Tom FarrellTom Farrell achieved BS Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 1990 and MS Engineering from UC Davis 1996. Graduate studies focused on liquefaction and soil-structure interaction during earthquake events under the direction of Dr. Bruce Kutter and Dr. I.M. Idriss at UC Davis. Tom worked as a geotechnical consultant in California and the Bay Area for 10 years before becoming a geotechnical contractor in 1999. Tom now owns and operates Farrell Design-Build Inc. Tom has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, and ground improvement in California. Tom’s interests include being an owner-builder on two custom homes and the Farrell office building, striped bass fishing, camping, reading historical accounts, and mostly spending family time with wife Katie, 3 daughters and son in El Dorado County.

Rupa Garai

Rupa GaraiRupa Garai has over 12 years of experience as Structural Engineer working on projects such as mixed-use, commercial, airports, courthouses, residential, and office towers. She is a highly collaborative engineer who works with design teams to incorporate structural engineering concepts with architecture and other required systems. Rupa teaches collaborative design studios at Stanford University where she also received a Master degree in Structural Engineering. Domestically she has worked on prestigious office tower projects and AOC courthouses like 222 South Main, San Bernardino Courthouse, and San Diego Courthouse. Her international portfolio includes projects in China and India like Poly International Plaza and Mumbai International Airport.

Josh Gebelein

Josh GebeleinJosh Gebelein is an Associate Principal with Brandow & Johnston with 17 years of engineering experience. During his career he has lived and practiced in Sacramento, Menlo Park, and Los Angeles, and has worked on international projects in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Haiti and Turkey. He enjoys learning about advances in seismology, earthquake engineering, and materials science, and then exploring how to apply that knowledge into real practice as well as code language updates. He is currently a SEAOSC Director and Seismology Committee Vice Chair, heading up the Non-Ductile Concrete Design Guide task group, and is also on the SEAOC EPRS Ad-hoc committee.

Bob Glasgow

Bob GlasgowBob Glasgow has been with Miyamoto International since 1991. He has provided structural engineering solutions for a wide variety of projects, including medical office buildings, hospitals, commercial office buildings, retail buildings, community centers, active adult communities, senior living and care facilities, churches, historic buildings, higher education institutions, laboratories, and industrial buildings. His expertise also includes high-performance earthquake engineering, and seismic qualification of nonstructural elements, such as suspended acoustic and metal panel ceilings, using dynamic shake-table testing.

Sean K. Hallet

Sean HalletSean Hallet is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in structural design, analysis, project management, forensic investigations and litigation support with a very diverse background in investigating building structures, and construction issues that include construction defect, property loss, litigation support, and surety investigation and remediation. His experience extends to all levels of property loss, from minor damages of residential, commercial, governmental, and military properties to major catastrophic natural and man-made disasters.

Ronald O. Hamburger

Ronald O. HamburgerRonald Hamburger has more than 30 years of experience in design, construction, education, research, evaluation, investigation and repair of commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. He is an internationally recognized expert in performance-based structural, earthquake and blast engineering, and has played a lead role in the development of national structural engineering standards and building code provisions. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Mr. Hamburger served as the lead investigator into the collapse of New York’s twin World Trade Center towers on behalf of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Hamburger has lectured at the University of California at Berkley, the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford University, and numerous other academic institutions. He is present chair of the Structural Engineering Certification Board, a past President of the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations, a past President and Fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of California and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and a past Director and Vice President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Tim Hart

Tim HartTim Hart, SE, has over 27 years of structural engineering experience, ranging from anchoring laser end stations, neutrino detectors, and computer racks to designing fire stations, office buildings, school campuses, and hospital towers. He has a degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently a civil and structural engineer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a consulting engineer for Build Change. Tim has served as Chair of the SEAONC Construction Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Committees and was the project manager and a co-writer of the SEAOC/ICC “Structural Construction and Special Inspection Manual”. He co-chaired special sessions on confined masonry at 10NCEE and in January at 16WCEE. In 2008 SEAONC awarded Tim the Edwin Zacher Award for his service and contribution to the association. Tim served as a Director for SEAONC from 2010-2012, and in 2011 he was named a SEAONC Fellow.

Curt B. Haselton

Curt HaseltonCurt B. Haselton, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering at California State University, Chico, and Co-Founder of Haselton Baker Risk Group (hbrisk.com) and the Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3), which is a commercial tool to implement FEMA P-58 analyses, with the goal of making broad use of FEMA P-58 feasible in practice. Dr. Haselton’s research is in the area of performance-based earthquake engineering, with focuses on building code development, collapse safety assessment, ground motion selection and scaling, damage and loss estimation, and the treatment of uncertainties. Dr. Haselton was recently the chair of the Building Seismic Safety Council team to rewriting Chapter 16 of ASCE 7.

Wael M. Hassan

Wael HassanWael M. Hassan is an assistant professor of structural and earthquake engineering at The American University in Cairo. Professor Hassan holds a PhD in structural and earthquake engineering from University of California, Berkeley, USA, where he also spent his post-doctoral fellowship. Professor Hassan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on structural analysis, advanced concrete design, earthquake engineering, tall buildings and long-span structures and interdisciplinary research methods,  Professor Hassan’s main research interests include multi-scale numerical simulation, large-scale testing of structures under the effect of natural and human-induced hazards, multi-hazard and cascading hazard mitigation, resilient structures, sustainable and energy efficient construction, innovative material applications in structural engineering. He is a licensed professional civil engineer (PE) and structural engineer (SE) in the state of California. He serves on many structures code committees such as ACI 318: U.S. Concrete Building Code, ACI 369: Seismic Retrofit of Existing Buildings, ACI-ASCE 441: RC Columns, ACI 374: Performance-Based Seismic Design, ASCE 41: Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings, ASCE 7: Loads on Building and other Structures and ECP 203: The Egyptian Code for Concrete Structures.

Jerod G. Johnson

Jerod JohnsonJerod G. Johnson, Phd, SE, SECB is a principal at Reaveley Engineers + Associates in Salt Lake City where he has been employed for 20 years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering teaching courses in concrete, masonry and timber design while also serving as a guest lecturer. He was the project manager for the multi-award winning Utah State Capitol Base Isolation and Restoration. Dr. Johnson received his degrees from the University of Utah where his continued research involves the development of passive tuned mass damping systems for reduction of seismic response. He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah and has served on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Utah Chapter. Dr. Johnson has spearheaded efforts to introduce the US Resiliency Council in the Intermountain Region.

Michelle Kam-Biron

Michelle Kam-BironMichelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she is expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as coordinating the development of university level wood design course. Before joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative WoodWorks. Ms. Kam-Biron has contributed to several published articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood. She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE) and has served on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She also serves on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education and Continuing Education Committees, is a Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and the Chair ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee.

Dilip Khatri

Dilip KhatriDilip Khatri is a principal at Khatri International. He has over thirty years of civil engineering experience involving land development, subdivision, commercial, residential, multi-family, industrial, and educational facilities. Design, construction, and overall management of major infrastructure improvements comprising sewer, water, storm drain, flood control, and grading design. Dr. Khatri has been working with Insurance Carriers over the past ten years involving various areas of casework, including forensic structural engineering, structural design/engineering reconstruction, construction cost estimating and project management, geotechnical and soils issues, and earthquake/seismic evaluation of existing buildings.

Charles A. Kircher

Charles KircherCharles A. Kircher is a registered professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in earthquake engineering, focusing on vulnerability assessment, risk analysis and innovative design solutions. He provides consulting services to commercial and industrial businesses, military and government organizations, and other companies. He holds B.S., M.S., Engineer and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and is a Fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of California. Dr. Kircher is active in seismic code development committees of the SEAOC, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Building Seismic Safety Board. He also participates in research projects conducted by the Applied Technology Council. He led the technical team of over 30 experts that developed the original earthquake loss estimation methodology of HAZUS for the National Institute of Building Sciences with funding provided by the FEMA, and later developed the Advanced Engineering Building Module for more detailed earthquake evaluation of individual buildings.

Erik Kneer

Eric KneerErik Kneer provides innovative structural engineering solutions with an emphasis on Historic Preservation, Sustainable Design, Prefabrication, and Integrated Practice.

Jan-Peter Koppitz

Jan-Peter KoppitzJan-Peter Koppitz specializes in the delivery of integrated design and analysis of complex projects. He has been involved in a wide range of projects worldwide. He has gained design experience in reinforced concrete, structural steel and especially in timber constructions, and has worked mainly on projects with free-formed geometry and long-spanning structures.

Michael J. Korolyk

Michael KorolykMichael Korolyk earned his BS in civil engineering (1999) and his MS in structural engineering (2004) at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Tipping Structural Engineers in Berkeley in 2006, was named associate in 2011 and has been a principal since 2014. He has been a licensed SE since 2009 and has extensive experience in the use of nonlinear analysis for design of new and retrofit of existing buildings. He played a key role in developing and executing the analytical framework that formed the basis of the FEMA P-807 guidelines for retrofitting weak-story light-framed buildings and in the development of the accompanying software, the WeakStoryTool.

Peter L. Lee

Peter LeePeter Lee is an Associate Director and Senior Structural Engineer with the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. With SOM since 1980, he has been the lead project structural engineer for the new San Diego Central Courthouse and principal investigator for the SEAONC 2015 Special Projects Initiative which was based on the steel moment frame qualification testing conducted for the new courthouse. Peter has served on the SEAONC Board, as Director and Treasurer (2006-2008), and past-President (2010-2013). He holds the degrees of Master of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, and Master of Architecture both from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a Member of EERI since 1985.

Dawn E. Lehman

Dawn LehmanProfessor Dawn Lehman is a performance-driven leader with 15+ years of strong results in higher education serving as a faculty member, director and administrator at the University of Washington (UW); demonstrated passion for transforming higher education by asking the right questions, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop solutions and providing the leadership required to drive solutions through to successful implementation. Career highlights include developing and sustaining an active and impactful research program funded by state, non-profit and government funding agencies; re-inventing partnerships and facilities to support the modern engineering (STEM) academic mission and leading successful cultural change initiatives.

Eric Lehmkuhl

Eric LehmkuhlEric Lehmkuhl is a licensed structural engineer with 31 years of experience designing all types of structures. He is a Principal with KPFF Consulting Engineers and co-manages the San Diego office. Eric has a Master’s of Science from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of California at San Diego. He is a past President of SEAOSD. Eric has participated in post-earthquake assessments after the earthquakes in Loma Prieta, Northridge, El Centro, Haiti, and Nepal.

Laura Lowes

Laura LowesLaura Lowes has a BSCE from the University of Washington and MSCE and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where she teaches classes on structural design and analysis, finite element methods, and nonlinear analysis. Dr. Lowes’ research seeks to advance structural engineering through the development and application of numerical simulation. Recent and ongoing research projects address the earthquake performance, assessment and design of concrete and steel-plate shear wall buildings. Her research has resulted in a number of component models that are appropriate for use in simulating the earthquake response of buildings and bridges as well as recommendations for using commercial and research software to assess structural performance. Dr. Lowes is a Fellow the American Concrete Institute and member of ACI Committees 318-C, 369 and 447.

Kenneth A. Luttrell

Ken LuttrellKen Luttrell is the Vice President of CYS Structural Engineers, Inc. in Sacramento. Ken has been very active in the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC) and Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), serving as President of both. He has been Chair of the SEAOC Wind Design Committee and initiated and chaired the SEAOC Ad Hoc Wind Code Committee that developed the Simplified Wind Design Procedure currently contained in the IBC.   He has been active on the Seismology Committee since 1979, has served continuously for over 25 years on the SEAOC Existing Buildings Committee and served as chairman of that committee for the 2010-11 term.

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Joe Maffei

Joe MaffeiJoe Maffei is the founder of Maffei Structural Engineering, with offices in San Francisco and Oakland California. Dr. Maffei is a practicing structural engineer and expert in the seismic evaluation, design, and retrofitting of structures for public and private-sector clients. Over his 30-year career, he has directed a range of projects, including designs using innovative solutions and advanced methods of evaluation. Dr. Maffei has helped lead the structural engineering profession in developing standards for performance-based design, nonlinear analysis, high-rise design, seismic retrofitting, and solar-energy structures. He has contributed to building codes and structural guidelines for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and a number of other organizations.

Stephen Mahin

Stephen MahinStephen Mahin is the Byron and Elvira Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He has wide-ranging interests in the field of earthquake engineering. His research work focuses on integrating high performance numerical and experimental simulation methods to improve understanding of the seismic behavior of systems, and applying that understanding to improve earthquake performance. His efforts have led to improved design methods for buildings, bridges and offshore structures constructed from steel, reinforced concrete and wood. Dr. Mahin has also been a leader in promoting cooperative and collaborative research activities through activities such as chairing large multi-institution, multi-investigator programs sponsored by NSF, such as the NEHRP Northridge Earthquake Engineering Research Coordination Program, convening community-based workshops, such as the US-Japan Cooperative Research for Mitigation of Urban Earthquake Disasters, and several international workshops on advanced experimental methods and instrumentation. He has been the director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center for the last seven years.

James O. Malley

James MalleyJames O. Malley, S.E., is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures, and is involved in the peer review of numerous tall building projects. He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage. Mr. Malley is Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001 and SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-1011. Mr. Malley is also presently a member of the Board of Directors of EERI and the Applied Technology Council.

Bill Mandel

Bill MandelBill Mandel is a partner in the San Francisco office of Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with 750 attorneys in 22 offices. Bill represents architecture, engineering, environmental design and other professional services firms in California and nationwide. Bill is Co-Chair of the firm’s Succession Planning Group, and is considered by his clients as a go-to source for strategic counsel regarding transition planning, including mergers and acquisitions. For more than 25 years, he has helped develop ownership transition programs for some of the leading professional service firms and speaks extensively on the topic. Bill co-authored “Architects Essentials of Ownership Transition” published by John Wiley and Sons. Bill is also a licensed CPA.

Jessica Mandrick

Jessica MandrakeJessica Mandrick, PE, SE, LEED AP is an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek. She received B.S. Engineering and B.A. Studio Art degrees from Swarthmore College in 2007. She served on the ASCE 24 Urban Flood Study team after hurricane Sandy, the New York City Sandy recovery efforts, and a reconnaissance team to Taiwan following the 2016 Taiwan Kaohsiung earthquake. She is the secretary of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s Young Professionals Committee, a member of the Editorial Board for STRUCTURE Magazine, and a mentor with the ACE program.

Stephen Marusich

Stephen MarusichSteve Marusich is a Principal with Forell/Elsesser Engineers. He is a licensed structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in providing structural engineering solutions for new and existing buildings including laboratory, office, educational, civic, health care, and public structures. Mr. Marusich’s main area of expertise is working with advanced seismic systems and analysis techniques to protect buildings and their contents from seismically induced damage. He recently managed the designs of the Facebook MPK 20 Building, Stanford McMurtry Art and Art History Building, and UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine. Mr. Marusich received his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and Master’s from UC Berkeley and has lectured at various conferences and seminars, including SEAOC, SEAONC, EERI, AIASF and others.

Armin Masroor

Armin MasroorArmin Masroor is a senior structural analyst in the Advanced Technology + Research (AT+R) group in Arup’s San Francisco office. Armin received his PhD in Structural Engineering from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo at 2012. Armin is a member of several code committees including the Base Isolation and Energy Dissipation issue team in Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). Armin has a background in advanced structural analysis and design for extreme event scenarios such as air-blast loads, structural impact, and extreme ground motions. He specializes in structural control systems such as isolation devices, viscous, and hysteretic dampers. His projects include the Groningen (Netherlands) Earthquakes Structural Upgrading, 181 Fremont Tower, Transbay Transit Center and Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement.

Thor Matteson

Thor MattesonThor Matteson has dedicated his structural engineering practice to residential earthquake retrofits since 2009. He authored two books: “Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction–an Illustrated Guide”, and “Earthquake Strengthening for Vulnerable Homes”. Mr. Matteson served or serves on several Applied Technology Council projects relating to seismic retrofits of wood-frame buildings.

Ronald L. Mayes

Ronald MayesRon Mayes is a co-founder and Acting Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council and the past co-chair of the Building Ratings Committee of SEAONC since 2006. Currently a Staff Consultant with Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger in San Francisco, Ron is the firm’s in-house expert on the application of innovative technology. Ron is a past Secretary/ Treasurer of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), SEAONC and The Masonry Society and a former Technical and Executive Director of the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Ron is a Fellow of both SEAOC and SEAONC.

Silvia Mazzoni

Silvia MazzoniSince received her doctorate at UC Berkeley in 1997, Silvia Mazzoni has been working in the field of earthquake engineering as both a researcher and a consultant. As a graduate student, Silvia was involved in many Caltrans project studying the behavior of reinforced-concrete structures. After teaching at UCLA, Silvia because the user-support manager as part of the OpenSees development team. During her three years as part of the New Technologies Group at Degenkolb Engineers, Silvia developed an expertise in probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and ground-motion selection. She is now an independent consultant, as well as a project scientist at UC Berkeley.

Rose McClure

Rose McClureRose McClure is a Senior Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger with seven years of experience in the design of new and existing structures. She has extensive experience in various foundation systems, seismic repair and rehabilitation. Rose currently serves as chair of the SEAONC Continuing Education Committee. Rose received a MEng from MIT in 2009, and a BS from Cornell University in 2008. Rose was recently honored with the Edwin G Zacher Award for her contributions to SEAONC.

Cole McDaniel

Cole McDanielCole McDaniel is a professor in the Architectural Engineering Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering. He teaches design and analysis courses ranging from structural dynamics to performance based engineering. Cole worked as a design engineer for several years with Curry Price Court Structural Engineers in San Diego prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2002. His experimental and analytical doctoral research on the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge has shaped Cole’s current research focus in experimental structural dynamics and computational modeling.

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonaldDr. Brian McDonald specializes in structural analysis and design, material behavior, and construction technology with focus on issues surrounding structural damage assessment and repair methods. During more than 20 years at Exponent, he has led evaluations of damaged wood frame, reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete and steel buildings as well as bridges, tunnels, industrial structures, power transmission lines, communication towers, cable-supported and fabric structures. Dr. McDonald has investigated structures damaged by wind, snow, explosion, fire, construction problems, design defects, decay and corrosion, as well as hundreds of structures damaged by the Loma Prieta, Northridge, San Simeon and Hawaii earthquakes.

Hamish McKenzie

Hamish McKenzieHamish has two decades’ experience as a consulting Structural Engineer in a variety of roles and locations in New Zealand and including two years with UK Engineering firm Buro Happold in London. Hamish is Principal with Holmes in Wellington, New Zealand. His recent experience includes the seismic strengthening and/or assessment of a number of well-known Wellington buildings including Parliament Buildings, Wellington Town Hall (and associated Civic Buildings), State Insurance Tower and Wellington Railway Station. Hamish has also led the Structural Engineering delivery of a new Air-Traffic Control Tower at Wellington International Airport (currently under construction) and the refurbishment/strengthening of the 1960’s Aurora Centre using Fluid Viscous Dampers.

Kevin S. Moore

Kevin MooreKevin S. Moore, S.E. is a licensed structural engineer in 7 states and has been practicing structural engineering with a focus on earthquake resistant design and behavior for more than 20 years. Kevin is the current chair of the SEAOC Structural Standards Committee and is the past chair of the SEAOC Seismology Committee and SEAONC Seismology Committee. Kevin is a SEAONC Board member and a Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in San Francisco. The Taiwan earthquake is his fourth reconnaissance effort, the previous efforts include two Napa earthquakes and the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake.

Troy A. Morgan

Troy MorganDr. Troy Morgan is a Managing Engineer at Exponent, specializing in the risk analysis and performance assessment of structures under extreme loading such as earthquakes, wind, flood, and explosions. He has performed extensive research on the use of innovative seismic isolation and energy dissipation devices. He has served as a consultant on major projects, assisting with the analysis and design of essential structures including healthcare facilities, laboratories, industrial buildings, and critical infrastructure requiring sophisticated analysis techniques and the applications of advanced seismic protective systems. Troy also has substantial consulting experience with the nuclear power industry, evaluating seismic risk to new and existing safety critical structures and equipment through ground motion selection/scaling and nonlinear structural analysis including soil-structure interaction. Troy received his PhD from UC Berkeley, and in addition to his position at Exponent, he serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at New York University.

David Ojala

David OjalaDavid Ojala is a forensic structural engineer and building failure first-responder who draws on his experience designing building and non-building structures, big and small, to help him investigate structural failures across the country and in difficult field conditions. He then takes the lessons learned from those failures to provide proactive design, research, peer review, and risk assessment services for his clients. Mr. Ojala is a frequent speaker on matters related to structural safety assessment, structural plan review, and code changes. He is a trained Structures Specialist with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 4 in Oakland, a member of the SEAOC Earthquake Performance Evaluation Program, and is a trained Safety Assessment Program Trainer, Coordinator, and Evaluator for CalOES. He also serves as a Director of SEAONC, is chair of the SEAOC Existing Buildings Committee, and past-chair of the SEAONC EBC.

Leo Panian

Leo PanianLeo Panian practices from the intersection of seismic engineering, advanced analytics, and new technology to deliver cost-effective, high-performance projects for his clients. Leo joined Tipping in 1997 and was named principal in 2011. He holds an MS degree in structural engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS degree in structural engineering from UC San Diego.

Michael Parolini

Michael ParoliniMichael Parolini is Managing Partner & Principal Structural Engineer at SSG Structural Engineers in San Luis Obispo, where he has been in private practice for over a dozen years. He has spent the last decade Lecturing for the Architectural Engineering Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, his alma mater. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in California, and many other states including Hawaii.

Keith Porter

Keith PorterDr. Keith Porter is a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in seismic vulnerability and loss estimation at the single-building and community levels. He developed a second-generation performance-based earthquake engineering methodology that measures probabilistic building performance in terms of dollars, deaths, and downtime. Dr. Porter has over 25 years of professional and academic experience in catastrophe risk management, structural design, and construction contracting. He received his PhD from Stanford University, MEng from UC Berkeley, and BS from the University of California at Davis. He works as a private risk consultant and a research professor.

Badri K. Prasad

Badri PrasadBadri Prasad is the Vice President and Branch Manager at TTG Engineers in Walnut Creek, California. He has over 25 years of experience leading design teams performing the structural engineering of major new buildings, including high rise structures, healthcare facilities, courts, correctional facilities, airports, schools, and seismic retrofits. His areas of expertise include the structural design of complex buildings of all types and materials, seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings, design execution, and project management. Mr. Prasad has expertise with mixed construction types and materials and is experienced in performance based engineering. He is a registered Structural Engineer in California and is also a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.

Steven E. Pryor

Steven PryorSteve Pryor, S.E., has been with Simpson Strong-Tie for nearly 20 years and currently serves as their Director of Innovation. Prior to joining Simpson, Steve was a practicing structural engineer in California designing residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Steve has participated on a number of building code committees, has authored numerous papers, and has presented at venues around the world. A recognized expert in the seismic performance of light-frame structures, Steve has led Simpson’s partnership with a number of universities in ground-breaking research into performance-based seismic design and soft-story retrofit of these structures. Along with his coauthors and many others at Simpson, Steve has a passion for trying to find practical solutions to difficult structural problems.

Cindy Qian

Cindy QianXin (Cindy) Qian is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her B.S. degree at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and M.S. at UC Berkeley. Her research with Professor Astaneh as her doctoral dissertation advisor focuses on the seismic design of steel and composite structures – both buildings and bridges – with a particular emphasis on the development of an innovative steel plate shear wall system and a new steel moment connection. She is the first recipient of the prestigious UC Berkeley’s Professor T. Y. Lin Fellowship in Structural Engineering. She has been the President of the EERI Berkeley Student Chapter.

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Stephen Ratchye

Stephen RatcheyeSteve Ratchye is a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in San Francisco, where he has worked for seven years. He is also a registered architect and serves on the Fly Ash committee of the American Concrete Institute. Prior to that he worked for the same firm in Los Angeles, and before that for Arup in California and London.

Paul Richards

Paul RichardsPaul Richards’ educational background and professional experience are in structural engineering, with an emphasis on seismic design and performance of steel buildings. His current research activities are focused on low-cost high-performance lateral force resisting systems. He is also working on next-generation engineering textbooks that harness the possibilities of today’s tablet computers.

Rafael Sabelli

Rafael SabelliRafael Sabelli is a Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. He is a structural engineer with recognized expertise in seismic design and steel structures. His experience includes design of new structures, retrofit of existing buildings, nonlinear seismic analysis, and the development of new structural systems. He participates in several national committees responsible for building-code development, including the AISC committee on the “Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings” and the ASCE seismic subcommittee on ” Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.” He has earned a Special Achievement Award from AISC, as well as the T.R. Higgins Lectureship award.

Brandt Saxey

brsaBrandt Saxey is an SE and LEED Accredited Professional. He is the Technical Director for CoreBrace, where he is responsible for the design, testing, and implementation of new brace designs. He participates as a corresponding member of the AISC 341 TC9 Seismic Provisions and M5 Seismic Manual Committees and recently participated in the writing of the example problems in the Seismic Manual for the BRBF, the SCBF, and the SPSW lateral systems. He works on a day-to-day basis with engineers, fabricators, and erectors, assisting in the design and installation of BRBs into structural projects. Prior to his work at CoreBrace, Brandt was a practicing engineer for several years with experience designing a wide variety of structures.

Marko Schotanus

Marko SchotanusMarko Schotanus, SE, PhD, LEED AP is an Associate at Rutherford + Chekene Structural and Geotechnical Engineers in San Francisco. His professional focus is on evaluation and retrofit design using advanced structural analysis. Marko is a past chair and active participant in the SEAOC Existing Building Committees and subcommittees, where he has participated in the development of various commentaries, standards and codes for the evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is also a member of the ASCE/SEI Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings Standards Committee which develops ASCE 41.

Bryan Seamer

Bryan SeamerBryan Seamer is the Managing Director of LPA’s structural engineering group. Bryan has over 17 years of experience in the design of new buildings, renovations and seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings. He is passionate about using emerging technologies and innovative design strategies to create safer and more cost effective built environments and sustainable resilient communities. Bryan holds engineering degrees from both the University of Southern California and Cal State Long Beach and serves as the President of the LPA Foundation, and on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Board.

Dihong Shao

Dihong ShaoDihong Shao is a working Principal and Partner at Coffman Engineers, Inc. with over 25 years of hands-on structural engineering experience, providing award winning, creative, and cost saving engineering solution/design in high seismic regions. His experience includes medical facilities, mixed use and high-rise developments, and industrial facility designs. He is actively involved in engineering organizations by presenting and publishing his innovative engineering solutions/designs at SEAOC, EERI, and ATC. He is a regular contributor to the SEAOC Annual Convention.

Barbara Simpson

Barbara SimpsonBarbara Simpson is presently a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a year at Thornton Tomasetti in both the Kansas City and Los Angeles design offices. Her research with Professor Steve Mahin focuses on the performance and retrofit of existing steel braced frames, funded by an NSF research grant. As a part of this research, she has designed, built, and tested three nearly full-scale steel braced frames, including one strongback retrofit designed to improve braced frame performance.

Matthew Skokan

Matthew SkokanWith over 18 years of experience collaborating with clients on complex, large-scale, fast-paced and technically challenging projects, Dr. Matt Skokan is a hands-on leader with a passion for delivering innovative design solutions using a team approach for a variety of healthcare, institutional, university and commercial projects.  Dr. Skokan’s expertise includes structural design for earthquake and wind loads, performance-based seismic engineering, innovative structural systems, base isolation, energy dissipation systems, non-linear structural analysis and seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings. Dr. Skokan is very familiar with the latest advancements in seismic engineering and is active in the structural engineering community serving on local and state committees that develop guidelines for seismic design of new and existing buildings.  He has published and presented nationally and internationally on the design and analysis of structural systems and has been involved in the design of several award winning projects.

John Kennedy Snook

John Kennedy SnookJohn Kennedy Snook has worked as a structural engineer since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 1973 and is the current Treasurer and Executive Officer of the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC.) John’s work has included structural design work in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia including twenty years of running his own Christchurch-based civil and structural design practice. John worked for four years as an engineer in the Operations team at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority following the February 2011 earthquake.

Megan Stringer

Megan StringerMegan Stringer is a Project Engineer at Holmes Cully, in the San Francisco office. She has worked on numerous large new commercial office and retail buildings. She is an active member in the sustainable design community and serves as chair of the SEAOC Sustainable Design Committee and is on the steering committee of ASCE SEI’s Sustainability Committee. Within her committee work she has been educating the building industry on the role structural engineers have on shaping the built environment through quantify and reducing the environmental impacts of structural systems and disaster resilience.

Tsubasa Tani

Tsubasa TaniTsubasa Tani is a graduate of the Kyoto Graduate School, holding a degree in master of engineering. He specializes in vibration control, especially passive vibration control building. He belongs to the Disaster Prevention Research Section, Building Engineering Research Institute, Technology Center, Taisei Corp and has six years experience of structural design.

Vesna Terzic

Vesna TerzicVesna Terzic is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Vesna obtained her Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she continued her professional carrier as a researcher and a lecturer at PEER Center for another 4 years. Vesna’s main research focus is on enhancing the seismic resilience of engineered facilities, supported by the awards from NSF, PEER Center, and ATC. To accomplish her research goals, Vesna is developing an integrated system-level framework for calculating performance metrics essential for earthquake-resilient design of buildings (e.g., repair losses, downtime, resiliency). The framework will be facilitated by the development, validation, and integration of novel simulation tools and loss/recovery models that will envelope interaction between soil, foundation, structural, and nonstructural building components. The ultimate goal of the developed framework is to facilitate development of engineering design requirements that will ensure resiliency.

Doug Thompson

Doug ThompsonDoug Thompson is President of STB Structural Engineers and a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. He is a registered SE in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and Washington. He is active in the development of seismic design standards for wood framed systems. He has authored several articles and publications, including the light-frame design examples in the Seismic Design Manuals, the Guide to the Design of Diaphragms, Chords and Collectors and Four-story/Five-story Wood-frame Structure over Podium Slab. He was also a member of the Mayor’s Earthquake Technical Task Force for the City of Los Angeles.

Natalie Tse

Natalie TseNatalie Tse is a Senior Project Engineer at KPWSE, with a broad range of experience in educational, commercial, and pharmaceutical sectors. Her portfolio includes the seismic retrofit of many school campuses, and the design of a new cathedral, mission-critical lab buildings, and several mixed-use facilities. Natalie is deeply passionate about innovative solutions, constructability, mentoring, strong friendships and tight family bonds. Natalie was recently honored with the Edwin G Zacher Award for her contributions to SEAONC.

Patxi Uriz

Patxi UrizPatxi Uriz specializes in earthquake engineering and completed his doctoral work at UC Berkeley focused on the response of steel structures under extreme seismic loading. Dr. Uriz currently works for Exponent, Failure Analysis assisting others to understand root causes of structural failures. He has worked on multiple projects involving demolition accidents resulting in serious and/or fatal injuries a result of controlled non-explosive demolition of steel structures and explosive demolition of steel and reinforced concrete structures.

Michael Valley

Michael ValleyMichael Valley has managed many large, complex projects involving both new construction and renovation over the last 25 years. He brings special expertise in seismic analysis and design, and he has been a key participant in the U.S. development of performance-based seismic design approaches.

John W. van de Lindt

 Dr. John W. van de Lindt is the George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Professor van de Lindt current serves as co-director for the $20M National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning headquartered at Colorado State University. The NIST COE is a 10-university collaboration and seeks to develop the computation environment needed to enable quantification of community resiliency to natural hazards. Van de Lindt’s research program has sought to improve the built environment by making structures and structural systems perform to the level expected by their occupants, government, and the public. This has been primarily through the development of performance-based engineering and test bed applications of building systems for earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods.

Tea Visnjic

Tea VisnjicDr. Tea Visnjic specializes in earthquake-resistant design and nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) structures under seismic loads. Her doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on evaluating and improving the existing design standards for moment resisting frame buildings via numerical and full-scale laboratory investigations.

Shanshan Wang

Shanshan WangShanshan Wang is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. Prior to beginning her gradate studies, she did her undergraduate studies at Tongji University in China. Her research focus with Prof. Mahin is on enhancing seismic resiliency of high-rise buildings with various supplemental energy dissipation devices, including structural analysis and damage and loss analysis of in the framework of Performance Based Earthquake Engineering, and optimization design of energy dissipation devices in tall buildings.

Kent Yu

Kent YuDr. Kent Yu is Principal of SEFT Consulting Group located in Portland Oregon. A structural engineer and an earthquake/tsunami policy advocate, Dr. Yu conducted numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance to study performance of buildings and infrastructure systems. Since 2011, he has led or contributed to seismic resilience planning projects at national, state, and local levels. As the Chair of Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission from 2011 to 2013, he led a team of 169 expert volunteers to develop the Oregon Resilience Plan to better prepare Oregon for next Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. He also led a team to develop a resilience plan for the Beaverton School District, the third largest in Oregon, in 2015 and assisted National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems from 2014 to 2015. Currently, he is involved in the development of Water System Resilience Plan for Gresham Oregon.

Daniel Zepeda

Daniel ZapedaDaniel Zepeda received his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed Structural Engineer in California and a Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. With over 12 years of experience in seismic evaluation and seismic strengthening of existing buildings, Daniel’s project breadth spans large medical centers, civic buildings and privately owned structures. He is the chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)’s Existing Buildings Committee and is helping Cities in the Los Angeles area including the Cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood with their seismic programs. Daniel was a member of Degenkolb’s post-earthquake reconnaissance team that surveyed both the 2010 Chile Earthquake, the 2010 Baja California Earthquake and the 2016 Tainan Taiwan Earthquake. He is also participating in the update of the latest version of ASCE 41.

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