SEAOC CONVENTION SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Roy Lobo

Dr. Roy Lobo is the Principal Structural Engineer with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and has been with the OSHPD for over Eighteen years. Dr. Lobo received his doctorate degree in Structural Engineering from the University at Buffalo New York in 1994. He has since worked for several reputed firms in the Los Angeles area before joining the OSHPD and moved to Sacramento in 2003. He is an active member of the structural engineering community with memberships in professional organizations such as the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was president of SEAOCC, FY20/21, chair of the SEAOC Seismology and Existing Buildings Committees and chair of the same committees for SEAOCC. Roy is a voting member of the ASCE 7-22 and ASCE 41-23 committees and the chair of the ASCE 41-23 foundations subcommittee.

Aniket Tolani

Aniket Tolani is a Structural Engineer at Glotman-Simpson Consulting Engineers.  His current role involves analysis, performance-based seismic evaluation and design of high-rise buildings on the west coast of the US and Canada.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Mumbai, India, in 2016 and Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at University of California San Diego, USA, in 2021.  His areas of interest include earthquake engineering, performance-based seismic design, non-linear analysis, and software development for structural analysis & design.

Rafael Sabelli

Rafael Sabelli is a Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. Rafael has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Special Achievement Award from AISC, as well as the T.R. Higgins Lectureship award. He is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, where he is vice-chair of  the Technical Committee on the Seismic Provisions, and a member of the AISC Committee on Manuals, where he is chair of the Seismic Design Manual committee. He is a member of the ASCE 7 Seismic Task Committee and the NIST Building Seismic Safety Council’s Provisions Update Committee. Rafael was coeditor for the SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual.  Rafael is co-author of Ductile Design of Steel Structures. He has published technical papers on braced frames, connection design, and structural stability. He is the past President of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

Jay Harris

Professionally, Jay is a Research Structural Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  His research focuses on structural systems subjected to strong ground motions from earthquakes.  Prior to joining NIST in 2008, he worked as a structural engineer for over 10 years in various major metropolitan areas.  He is a licensed structural and professional engineer in several states.  He completed his undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University, and his doctoral degree from University of California, San Diego.  He enjoys watching and playing ice hockey, coaching his kid’s ice hockey and lacrosse teams, and being active with academia.

Marios Panagiotou

Marios Panagiotou (PhD, PE) is a Senior Consultant at Nabih Youssef Associates in Los Angeles and founder of the Online School of Earthquake Resilient Design. He specializes on the advanced seismic analysis and design of large, complex, and earthquake resilient structures. Between 2008 and 2015 he was an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley conducting analytical and large-scale experimental testing research of RC structures, as well as on earthquake-resilient buildings and bridges. His PhD studies, at UCSD, on the seismic design, analysis, and shake-table full-scale testing of a 7-story building received the 2012 ASCE Alfred Noble prize. He has published 23 journal papers and has taught graduate courses at UCB, UCLA, and USC. He was a member of the NIST-FEMA Functional Recovery Project Review Panel. He is co-developer of the computational framework BTM-Shell for the advanced seismic analysis of RC buildings.

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham recently joined Arup as a graduate structural engineer. She received her MS in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials at UC Berkeley in May 2021. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the American University of Dubai in 2020 and her BA in English from the University of Virginia in 2016. Genevieve researched code provisions for gravity framing analysis and design under SEAONC University Research Program with the guidance of Dr. Jack Moehle.

Luis Berg

Luis is an early career engineer and researcher with core competencies in the areas of earthquake engineering, computational science, and spatial analytics. He has previously worked on building and bridge design as well as in risk and resilience consulting at the City of Davis Public Works Department (Davis, CA), MOST Enginyers (Barcelona, ES), T.Y. Lin International (Oakland, CA), and, most recently, Arup (San Francisco, CA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials at the University of California, Berkeley. Looking forward, his interests are directed towards promoting systemic resilience against natural hazards within the context of international development in Latin America.

Hagan Tam

Hagen (Hay-gun) Tam is currently a Designer at Degenkolb Engineers and the Treasurer of SEAONC YMF. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley where he completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and Master’s in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials. During his graduate studies, Hagen participated in the SEAONC Seismology Committee and UC Berkeley Joint Research Program where he studied the behavior of pre-Northridge steel moment frame column splices.

Ali Roufegarinejad

Dr. Roufegarinejad is an Associate at Forell | Elsesser Structural Engineers (F|E) and leads firm’s Research and Development Group. With over twenty years of engineering and research experience, Ali’s research interest and engineering expertise covers many areas of engineering and computational mechanics. He manages advanced analysis at F|E and has led analysis of some of F|E’s most challenging projects. Ali is the author of several articles presented in international conferences and published in ISI-indexed journals. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has several years of postdoctoral studies and research experience in Iran, the UK, Australia, Canada, and the US.

Zeyang “Arthur” Cao

Zeyang “Arthur” Cao is an Engineer at Forell | Elsesser Structural Engineers. He has contributed to a diverse set of public and private projects in both seismically active and hurricane-prone areas. Arthur is passionate about learning and applying advanced analysis techniques to accurately capture structural response in extreme events. Arthur has led several international multidisciplinary teams in design competitions and enjoys collaborating with architects to bring their visions to reality. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University and his Master’s degree from Stanford University.

John Coil

John M. Coil, is principal and only engineer of John Coil Associates.  He was previously a senior vice president of Thornton-Tomasetti Consulting Structural Engineers, President of Coil & Welsh and President of John Coil Associates Inc.   Mr. Coil attended the University of California at Berkeley where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering.  Mr. Coil served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a member of the Stanley Raiders.  He has been an active member in many professional organizations and is a frequent speaker or presenter at seminars and meetings.  He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of California and of the Applied Technical Council and is currently Dean of the SEAOC College of  Fellows.  He is or was a registered civil and/or structural engineer in most of the western states.   Mr. Coil has served on the faculty at California State University, Fullerton; the University of California, Irvine; and at Cal Poly Pomona as lecturer for structural engineering undergraduate and graduate structural design classes.  Over his 50-year career as a civil and structural engineer, he has been the designer or engineer of record for over 100 public schools, 5 hospital facilities, and over 500 commercial, institutional or industrial buildings.  He has designed hydraulic structures such as water reservoirs, sewage and water treatment facilities, storm water channels, roadway and pedestrian bridges.  He has also provided the structural design for several thousand dwelling units either as single-family homes or multi-family apartment or condominium projects.  Mr. Coil has served as an expert in over 400 litigation cases relating to building failures or construction defects.  Mr. Coil is currently retired and has been engaged in the last several years in restoring a 100+ year old Victorian house.

Maikol Del Carpio

Dr. Del Carpio has over 7 years of research and academic experience through his time as a lecturer and research assistant in the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his time there, Dr. Del Carpio taught courses on the Structural Engineering and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures and was involved in the publication of multiple research papers.  During his 7 years at KPFF, Dr. Del Carpio has expertly utilized his analytical background to develop and implement innovative retrofit schemes and conduct seismic assessments of large healthcare campuses. Dr. Del Carpio is also an associate member in the ASCE 41 Committee and has participated as analysis consultant in the development of guidelines for the seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Building with Weak First Stories (FEMA P-807 Report).

Connie Chen

Connie I. Chen is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor Jack Moehle at UC Berkeley, where she also received her B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2017 and M.S. in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials (SEMM) in 2018. She is a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her research interests include studying the effect of vertical earthquake ground motions on tall buildings and improving the seismic resilience of tall buildings. She is the current President of the Berkeley Student Chapter of EERI and the Treasurer for Civil and Environmental Engineering for Anti-Racism (CEE-FAR). She is passionate about student outreach, and has worked for programs for equity and diversity such as UC Berkeley’s Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) program and the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP).

Megan Stringer

Megan Stringer is an Associate Principal with Holmes Structures. As the firm’s in-house sustainability expert, Megan brings a keen eye for reducing a structure’s embodied carbon and use of unnecessary materials. Megan is versed in working with large design teams by having led structural design for the largest mass timber project in North America. She is currently the SEAONC Vice President.

Rami Elhassan

Mr. Elhassan is a licensed California Structural Engineer with an MS and PhD (1992) from UCLA in Earthquake Engineering.  He has over 30 years of experience in the structural and seismic design of buildings, with strong expertise in the earthquake engineering and design that requires the practical application of advanced technology earthquake protective systems. He has performed state-of-the-art analytical, research and experimental work, and published and presented over 40 technical papers on structural analysis and design. He has also planned and managed specialized full-scale and in-situ seismic testing of existing structural members for numerous projects.  Mr. Elhassan has served on the SEAOSC Board of Directors between 2008-2010 and on OSHPD’s Hospital Building Safety Board (HBSB) between 2013-2021.

Mohsen Kargahi

Mr. Kargahi is a licensed California Engineer with a PhD (2002) from USC and has over 20 years of experience in building design and rehabilitation. His expertise includes forensic engineering and building damage investigation due to earthquakes and other causes, seismic evaluation of structures, and innovative design of strengthening systems for seismic rehabilitation. He has also provided engineering and management services covering all phases of design and construction for a wide range of projects within the educational, healthcare, industrial, mining, recreational, and retail sectors. Mohsen’s recent experience includes seismic evaluation of numerous buildings of various structural systems and design of retrofit measures to address their deficiencies.

Matt Michnewich

Mr. Michnewich is a licensed Structural Engineer in California with over 8 years of experience in building design and analysis. His area of expertise includes performance-based seismic design and evaluation of concrete and steel buildings. Matt’s passion for seismic engineering and deep understanding of structural behavior have made him a leader on projects involving design, evaluation, and retrofit services across the civic, higher education, and healthcare sectors. Matt works to enhance the state of practice in performance-based evaluation of existing buildings as a member of the ASCE 41 committee and enjoys serving the structural engineering community as a board member of SEAOSC.

Saman Abdullah

Saman A. Abdullah is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq. He received his BS from the University of Sulaimani; his MS from California State University, Fullerton, CA; and his PhD from UCLA. He is a member of ACI Committee 374, Performance-Based Seismic Design, and ACI Subcommittees 318-W, Wind Provisions (Structural Concrete Building Code), and 369-F, Retrofit (Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation). His research interests include design of earthquake- and wind-resistant concrete structures, behavior of tall buildings, and large scale laboratory testing.

Tomas Jimenez

Tomas Jimenez

Tommy Jimenez is a Sr. Business Development Manager at Fyfe Company.  He has been working with Fyfe Company for over sixteen years on the design and development of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® advanced composite strengthening systems. He is a licensed civil engineer in CA, has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Benedictine University.

Shane Maxemow

Shane Maxemow is a Structural Engineer with the Dept. of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), in the Civil and Structural Division. Mr. Maxemow’s experience extends from new building design, existing building investigations and modifications, disaster response techniques and portfolio program management and development.  Shane joined OBO in July 2019. His current position ensures proper structural design and implementation of building design and construction for diplomatic structures overseas. Shane is also responsible for managing and developing programs to define, analyze and mitigate portfolio risk due to seismic, tsunami and wind events.  Prior to joining the Department of State, Shane served as a Senior Structural Engineer at Robert Silman Associates (Silman) from 201- to 2019. At Silman, Shane provided a wide range of design, restoration and investigation development for projects.  Mr. Maxemow holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineer from the University of South Florida. Shane is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois and a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

Anindya Dutta

Anindya Dutta has over twenty years of experience in structural and earthquake engineering.  He has provided analysis and design of a variety structures in high seismic zones. Dr. Dutta has authored a number of technical reports and journal papers as well as been a member of various technical committees.

Kevin O’Connell

Kevin D. O’Connell is a Principal and Structural Engineering Division Head in the Los Angeles office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.  Kevin has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University, and is a licensed Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in California.

Anahid Behrouzi

Anahid Behrouzi, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is committed to addressing topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within structural engineering curriculum and serves as department representative on the Cal Poly College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) Faculty/Staff DEI Committee as well as the faculty advisor to the CAED Student DEI Committee. Anahid completed her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on the seismic behavior of reinforced concrete buildings.

Claire Leader

Claire Leader is a Structural Designer at MKM & Associates in Rohnert Park, California. As an undergraduate architectural engineering student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she was an active member of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. As a Peer Health Educator and board member for the Student Health Advisory Committee, Claire advocated for the wellbeing of university community members. Claire continues to focus on diverse representation, equitable practices, and social justice in the industry.

Faith Sharp

Faith Sharp is graduate student in Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduation, she plans to become a structural project engineer and continue diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within her future firm. Faith aims to generate and encourage dialogue around DEI and how it translates to our role in designing the built environment. A specific goal of hers is to increase outreach efforts between practitioners and aspiring engineers.

Doug Hohbach

Doug Hohbach is a principal with Hohbach-Lewin, a design oriented firm with a broad spectrum of practice, and with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Pasadena and Eugene, OR. Doug also is a longtime SEAOC member, with past service as President and Seismology Committee Chair as well as in multiple other roles.

Parisa Nassiri

With a focus on design, Parisa Nassiri utilizes performance-based engineering to find optimal solutions for ambitious clients. By utilizing Structural Fire Engineering (SFE), she guides design teams, works with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ's) to calculate expected performance of the space. These calculations can lead to construction cost savings, expression of architectural intent, and alternative egress solutions. Parisa has a proven track record of developing effective strategies with the design team to meet project objectives. She is well-versed in code consulting methods and is dedicated to providing the most cost- and time-efficient solutions for her projects.

Jon Heintz

Jon Heintz is the Executive Director of the Applied Technology Council in Redwood City, California.  He is a structural engineer with more than 30 years of experience in earthquake engineering practice and research, natural hazard mitigation, seismic evaluation and retrofit, and strategic planning on structural engineering research needs at the national level.  He is actively involved in committees for the development of guidelines, codes and standards for new and existing buildings, and has participated in post-earthquake investigations immediately following the 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 1999 Chi-Chi Taiwan, and 2010 Chile Earthquakes, as well as damage assessments following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  He has led numerous ATC projects, most notably those leading to the publication of FEMA P-695, Quantification of Building Seismic Performance Factors, FEMA P-58, Seismic Performance Assessment of Buildings, Methodology and Implementation, and most recently, FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254 Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time.

Ryan Kersting

Ryan Kersting, S.E., is an Associate Principal at Buehler in Sacramento and serves as the in-house technical expert on building codes, structural standards, innovative solutions, and emerging trends within the industry.  He has served on multiple technical and professional committees for SEAOC, NCSEA, ASCE, ATC, NEHRP, and other organizations and is dedicated to improving building performance and promoting the profession to the public.  In particular, he was one of the lead authors of the recently-released FEMA-NIST report on Functional Recovery.  He is a former SEAOC President, and he currently serves on the NCSEA Board, the ATC Board, and as the chair of the SEAOC Policy Committee, for which he has been the lead advocate for California Assembly Bill 1329 that seeks to bring functional recovery provisions to the California Building Code.

Michael Mahoney

Michael Mahoney is a Senior Geophysicist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a position he has held for over 36 years.  He currently leads FEMA’s seismic problem-focused studies and has investigated a variety of earthquake-related issues to develop design and construction guidance under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).  He is currently leading FEMA’s efforts on functional recovery and the recently published Report to Congress, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time (FEMA P-2090 / NIST SP-1254).  His list of projects includes the development of FEMA’s seven volume Performance-Based Seismic Design Guidelines series (FEMA P-58), Example Application Guide for ASCE/SEI 41-13 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings (FEMA P-2006), and Seismic Evaluation of Older Concrete Buildings for Collapse Potential (FEMA P-2018). Mr. Mahoney is also responsible for FEMA’s earthquake-related work with the International Codes and has been involved in the nation’s model building code development process since 1984.  He has investigated building performance in disasters dating back to Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew and the Northridge earthquake.  In 2018 he was awarded the Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal and in 2020 he was received an honorary membership in the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

Siamak Sattar

Dr. Siamak Sattar is a Research Structural Engineer and the Associate Program Manager in the Earthquake Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His research areas include seismic performance assessment of concrete and masonry buildings, functional recovery, and uncertainty quantification. Prior to joining NIST, Siamak was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he pursued his Masters and Ph.D. He also worked as a practicing structural engineer specializing in the design of concrete and steel structures for four years. Siamak is involved in development of codes and standards and Chairs the ACI-374A, Functional Recovery, and ACI-369C, Reinforced Concrete Frames, subcommittees. Siamak is a recipient of the 2020 EERI Housner Fellowship.

Ron Hamburger

Ron Hamburger is a Senior Principal and Board Chair for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.  A past President of SEAONC, SEAOC, and NCSEA, he has been a member of the Existing Buildings, Seismology, BSSC Provisions Update, AISC Specifications and ASCE 7 Committees.  Since 2001 he has served as a leader in the development of the FEMA P58 Methodology for Next Generation Performance-Based Seismic Design.  He was an author of the joint FEMA/NIST Report to Congress on Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Recovery.  He is currently serving on the ATC-138 project team developing a functional recovery module for the FEMA P58 methodology.

Ayse Hortacsu

Ayse Hortacsu is a Director of Projects at the Applied Technology Council, a structural engineering non-profit organization focused on technology transfer from research into practice.  Since joining ATC in 2008, she has managed the development of over 40 publications on structural engineering with a primary focus on earthquake engineering.  She is currently managing two multi-year projects for FEMA and NIST that are investigating functional recovery considerations for lifeline infrastructure systems.  She served as a Director for SEAONC 2016-2018 and is currently serving as a Director for EERI.

Aniket Borwankar

Mr. Aniket Borwankar is a Composite Strengthening Systems (FRP & FRCM) Development Manager with Simpson Strong-Tie. Mr. Borwankar received his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University with a focus on carbon fiber reinforced cement based materials. After working for eight years as a consulting engineering at firms in Tennessee and California, where he was involved with design of new building and retrofit of existing structures, Mr. Borwankar joined Simpson Strong-Tie in March 2017. Since then, he has been involved in designing FRP projects and educating engineering firms on the design principles of FRP. In addition, he is involved in research and development of new FRP products for Simpson Strong-Tie, and works with consulting engineering firms to test new FRP applications for job specific field conditions.

Jakub Valigura

Jakub Valigura is an engineer with KPFF Consulting Engineers in San Francisco. His specialty is in design of steel and reinforced concrete structures and in design for functional recovery. He is the Past Chair of SEAONC Seismology Committee and currently chairs SEAONC Resilience Committee.

Charles Kircher

Charles 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.  As Principal of Kircher & Associates, he provides consulting services to a variety of clients that include commercial and industrial businesses, military and government organizations, and other engineering companies.  Dr. Kircher is a Fellow of SEAOC and an Honorary Member of SEAONC.  In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  Dr. Kircher is active in seismic-code-development committees, including for the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures and ASCE 7.  Dr. Kircher was the Project Technical Director for the ATC-116 project, which developed the FEMA P-2139 report series.

Justin Moresco

Justin Moresco is a Director of Projects for the Applied Technology Council.  He has more than 15 years of experience in structural engineering, seismic risk analysis, and natural hazards risk mitigation, and he has worked as a professional journalist and editor, with a focus on urban development.  Justin has participated in post-earthquake damage investigations in California, Ecuador, Mexico, and New Zealand. He holds a B.S. in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego, an M.Eng. in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the London School of Journalism. Justin is a licensed civil engineer in California, and he served as the ATC project manager for the ATC-116 project, which developed the FEMA P-2139 report series.

Kelly Cobeen

Kelly Cobeen is a Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office, and is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer with more than 30 years of experience. Her work includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities, including updates to the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures and the ASCE 7 seismic provisions. Kelly was a member of the Project Technical Committee for the ATC-116 project, which developed the FEMA P-2139 report series. She is a past president and Fellow of SEAONC and SEAOC.

Donovan Llanes

As a Project Engineer at Holmes, Donovan has worked on a variety of buildings in high seismic regions of California. His design and construction experience span from non-ductile concrete retrofits to new mass timber structure designs. Beyond the current standard of practice, he pursues parametric modeling methods for structural efficiency and value engineering.  Donovan received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  He is a co-author of the Woodworks CLT Diaphragm Technical Design Guide to be published late 2021.

Steven Shepherd

Steven Shepherd is a practicing structural engineer in California at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. with 8 years of experience. His practice has included detailed finite element modeling, structure response analysis, and fragility evaluations of power generation facilities; new design; seismic retrofit; structural investigation; and structure rehabilitation.

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald is a practicing structural engineer in California and Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. with 25 years of experience.  His practice has included structural design of education, healthcare, commercial and residential buildings; seismic evaluation and upgrade of buildings, including power generation facilities; structural condition investigations rehabilitation of concrete, steel and wood buildings; and evaluations of bridges, condition evaluations of maritime structures, and ships.

Matt Skokan

Dr. Skokan is a Principal with Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers in Pasadena, where he manages a number of complex, large-scale, fast-paced and technically challenging structural design projects.  With over 25 years of experience, he has completed projects for a wide variety of building structures with particular emphasis on the design of healthcare facilities, the seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings, and the use of nonlinear analysis and performance-based design for new and existing buildings.  Dr. Skokan is active in the structural engineering community serving on local, state and national committees that develop guidelines for seismic design of new and existing buildings and served as the Technical Chair for the 2010 SEAOC Convention.  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.  Dr. Skokan received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from UCLA and is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California.

Brandt Saxey

Brandt Saxey, SE, LEED AP, is the Technical Director for CoreBrace where he is responsible for the Research and Development of Buckling-Restrained-Braces.  He is a member of the AISC 341 Seismic Systems Committee, Connection Design Committee, and Manual Committee where he has participated in code development and in the writing of example problems for BRBF, SCBF, SPSW and other lateral systems.  Prior to his work at CoreBrace, Brandt was a practicing consulting engineer for several years.

David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez, PE, SE is a Senior Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in their Orange County office with more than 23 years of diverse experience in structural investigations, design of new buildings and the seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings. As part of his diverse practice, he works with clients in the commercial, institutional, higher education and federal markets. He is Past-President of the EERI Washington Chapter and Member of the SEAOSD Seismology Committee.

 

Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney is an Associate at Degenkolb Engineers in San Diego, with 10 years of experience in existing building retrofit and rehabilitation.  He received his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before moving to San Diego to complete his M.S. at UCSD.  Peter is currently serving as the Existing Building Committee Chair for both SEAOC and SEAOSD, where he recently led the efforts for the first phase of the San Diego Vulnerable Building Inventory.

Tim Graf

Tim is a Senior Project Manager at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in Newport Beach, California.  He has over eighteen years of experience in the field of structural engineering with a focus on the seismic evaluation of existing structures.  He is currently involved in work within the nuclear industry, both domestically and abroad.   His range of projects include seismic probabilistic risk assessments (SPRAs), fragility analysis, seismic margin assessments, experience-based qualification methods, walkdown of existing facilities, and dynamic response analysis of structures.

 

Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold is the Director of Engineering Solutions at Fyfe Company.  He has been working with Fyfe Company for over twenty-six years on the design and development of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® advanced composite strengthening systems. He is a licensed civil engineer in multiple states and has a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.

Thanh Do

Dr. Thanh Do is a Structural Forensic Engineer with Thornton Tomasetti, based on San Francisco and Los Angeles. His expertise includes forensic investigation of structural failures and construction defects; litigation support; building envelope diagnostics; property condition assessment; and advanced structural analysis.  Thanh specializes in design and analysis of tall buildings and foundation systems, and assessment of structures damaged by earthquake, wind, and water. Thanh also has experience in the design of new steel and reinforced concrete structures, retrofit of existing structures, as well as demolition and deconstruction engineering. A few examples of his recent investigation projects range from collapse of a high-rise building, construction defects in a transportation Design-Build project, to earthquake damage assessment of an oil refinery.

Victor Zayas

The Structural Engineers Association of California awarded Victor Zayas their “Lifetime Achievement Award” stating: “Victor Zayas has changed the practice of structural engineering for the better”.

Zayas’ PhD thesis work was elected to an ASCE Hall of Fame for “Pioneering Innovation and Lasting Impact”, for saving lives by avoiding structure collapses.  Victor is an inaugural member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, of the University of California Berkeley, Civil Engineering Department.

Victor is the inventor of pendulum seismic isolators, and founder and president of Earthquake Protection Systems California, “EPS”.  Structure Engineer Magazine cover story cites “Victor Zayas: Steady Innovation”. “Zayas embodies the entrepreneurial spirit while also helping to invent and shape how engineering can continue to improve.”  Dr. Zayas is the world’s leading engineer implementing seismic isolators that minimize damage sufficiently to maintain functionality.  Since 1979 Zayas has advanced developments on pendulum seismic isolators, seismic isolator materials, economical construction methods, displacement based seismic design, and earthquake shaking damage estimations.

 

Kit Miyamoto

Dr. Miyamoto is a world-leading expert in disaster resiliency, response and reconstruction. He provides expert engineering and policy consultation to the World Bank, USAID, UN agencies, governments and private sector. He is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner, a Global CEO of Miyamoto International and a structural engineer.  From the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake to the Ecuador, Nepal, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mexico and 2020 Puerto Rico earthquakes, Dr. Miyamoto has led teams of experts on dozens of response and reconstruction projects around the world. He also led critical seismic risk reduction programs in Turkey, the Philippines, Romania and Bangladesh, as well as disaster risk mitigation policy work in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and El Salvador. He is one of the most respected minds in disaster resiliency and recovery.  Dr. Miyamoto holds advance degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. His team won the Engineering News-Record’s “Best Global Project” award four times and the U.S. Presidential “E” award. Major media such as ABC, CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Rolling Stone have profiled him. He was also featured in the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit at the National Building Museum.

Curt Haselton

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

Ed Almeter

Ed has been with HB-Risk since 2017. He supports the development of SP3 and has been part of numerous HB-Risk consulting projects involving seismic risk assessment and non-linear structural modeling.  He has a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a master's degree in Earthquake Engineering awarded jointly from IUSS Pavia (Italy) and the University of Patras (Greece).