I’m a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California, Hawaii and Illinois with 25 years of experience. Prior to coming to Simpson Strong-Tie in 2000, I was a practicing design engineer for small and large commercial, institutional, residential and forensic projects designing with wood, cold-formed steel, structural steel, masonry and concrete for more than nine years.
I’ve been working at Simpson Strong-Tie for 16 years beginning as a branch engineer for the southwest regional offices. Later, I served as a senior engineering project manager, and then in a dual role as code-report manager for the company and branch engineering manager for the southwest regional offices. Currently I’m the Director of Codes & Compliance and manage Simpson Strong-Tie’s code reports and our participation in the codes, standards and technical groups, as well as working on special projects such as product and system development and enhancement.
I’ve had the honor and good fortune to participate in several industry organizations over the years – for example, as a board director and president of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), a board director of SEAOC, a California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committee member, and a member of the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Board of Managers. Also I’ve served as chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) Lateral Design Subcommittee for several years and as president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI). In addition, I was the primary author of the CFSEI “Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood Panel or Steel Sheet Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies Design Guide,” which was published in 2009. I’ve truly been blessed to work with so many talented, dedicated and passionate folks here at Simpson Strong-Tie, as well as within the larger industry.
The Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures has issued a Call for Papers for the 22nd International Conference on Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) Structures, to be held Nov. 5-6 in St. Louis, MO. The goal of the conference is to enable sharing of state-of-the-art information pertaining to CFS design.
Both engineering researchers and practitioners have provided valuable contributions to the conference. Past proceedings are available online.
Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration by the conference steering committee. Application-oriented topics highlighting innovations in CFS applications are strongly encouraged. The deadline is Dec. 31. Abstracts may be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com.
The Structural Engineers Association of Northern and Southern California hosted the third annual Buildings At Risk ǀ Earthquake Loss Reduction Summit in Los Angeles on October 8 and in San Francisco on October 15. Robust panel presentations and discussions presented by professionals from diverse yet complimentary fields targeted a mixed audience of building owners, architects, engineers, government officials, insurance representatives, and financial industry representatives.
The first panel, The Single Building and the City: Why Every Building Counts, discussed community vulnerability due to our increasing interconnectivity and how the demise of certain individual buildings from a seismic event could have large detrimental affects on the initial response and recovery of the city or the region they’re located within. Buildings which house important or widely used computer networks and servers or the major employer of a community are just a few examples.
Simpson Strong-Tie is sponsoring the 23rd Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures hosted by the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures (CCFSS). The course will be held on October 15-17, 2013 at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in St. Louis, MO.
This course is for engineers who have limited or no experience designing with cold-formed steel (CFS), as well as those with experience who would like to expand their knowledge. Lectures will be given by industry-recognized experts Roger LaBoube, Ph.D, P.E., and Sutton Stephens, Ph.D, P.E., S.E. The course is based on the 2007 and 2012 AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members with the 2010 Supplement (AISI S100-07/S2-10 and S100-12) and will reference the Cold-Formed Steel Design (4th Edition) text.
Topics include design of wall studs, floor joists, purlins, girts, decks and panels. For more information and to register, visit the CCFSS website.
The annual Buildings At Risk ǀ Earthquake Loss Reduction Summit will be held in two locations this year one week apart. The first will be in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Tuesday, October 8 and the second will be in San Francisco at the Delancey Street Foundation on Tuesday, October 15. The Summit is hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern and Southern California with FEMA, Cal OES, SCEC, ECA, The Great California ShakeOut and Cal Tech as partner organizations. Simpson Strong-Tie is a sponsor. There will be four panels addressing the following topics: (1) The Single Building and the City: Why Every Building Counts, (2) The Current Situation, (3) Addressing the Problems, and (4) Partnership & Policy.
This is promising to be a great conference as past events have provided a wealth of information presented by knowledgeable, well spoken presenters and panelists regarding seismic risk mitigation, community resiliency and sustainability and the attendees have included building owners, architects, engineers, public officials, and emergency managers. To register or for more information, including presenters and topics,visit SEAOSC’s website. I certainly look forward to attending this event and to seeing you there!