Business and Professional Practice

Full Session without Abstracts

338374 - A Case for Change – Are We On the Right Track?

Friday, April 20
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Ballroom B

The SEI Board developed the Vision in 2013 addressing the goals of Structural Engineers to become Stewards of the Built Environment and Leaders in advancing the society. These topics revolved round reform of engineering education, mentoring, development of codes, SEI global activities, bring outside groups in to collaborate and learn with, licensure, and promoting the structural engineer as a leader and innovator. Now it is time to revisit whether the Structural Engineering Community is making progress on the goals outlined or if a new direction is needed. The panel consists of SEI Board Members and Young Professionals who will debate our forward progress.

Kyle Twitchel

Senior Engineer

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David W. Cocke

Structural Focus

David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, founded Structural Focus in Los Angeles in 2001 after 20 years at Degenkolb Engineers. He is a graduate of Va. Tech and is a registered structural engineer in a dozen states and has an expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofit design and new structural design. Some of David’s more notable projects include the Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, the Google Los Angeles headquarters, Red Bull North America headquarters, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple restoration in Los Angeles, multiple buildings at Dreamworks, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures, and many others. David served on Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Special Task Force in 2015 for the writing of the Resiliency by Design document.

David is the current President-Elect of the SEI Board of Governors, serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and most recently was Vice-President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He has served on numerous Boards for the Structural Engineers Association in California, and on boards of several other preservation organizations. In addition, David is the SEAOC appointed Structural Engineer Alternate on the California Historical Building Safety Board, serving in that position since 2007.


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David Odeh

Odeh Engineers

Structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design of buildings. Past president of SEI (2015-16), and chair of the SEI Futures Fund (2018)


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Rose McClure


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Erica C. Fischer

Assistant Professor
Oregon State University

Erica Fischer, PhD, PE is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. She has participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance team missions in diverse regions including Haiti, Napa, California, Italy, and, most recently, Mexico City. Dr. Fischer performs research on a variety of different structural systems including steel, timber (CLT), composites (concrete-CLT and steel-concrete), and thin shells subjected to hazards such as earthquakes and fires. She is one of the founders and co-chairs of the EERI Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT), and an active member of the EERI Younger Members Committee, the ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee, Fire Protection Committee, and Composite Construction Committee. Dr. Fischer has experience as a practicing structural engineer and holds a Professional Engineering license in the states of Washington and California.


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