Full Session with Abstracts
My career has followed many paths, culminating with a structural engineer's license in California and Washington. I began my career as a classical engineer designing primarily new construction while completing my master's degree from the University of Washington. Armed with a quiver full of new skills, I broadened my design experience to include renovation projects of existing structures.
Living in an area of the country where construction was booming lead to exposure of various project types such as marine, commercial, industrial and education. While working through many challenging projects, I was given the opportunity to participate in peer reviews for engineering projects around America. This eye-opening introduction to highly contrasting design parameters - such as earthquakes in California and hurricanes in New York - changed my preconception of what it takes to be a successful designer. It enhanced my understanding of the needs of society and the engineer’s role in the construction arena, in particular, the need for sustainable and resilient approaches to design. Additionally, it made me realize how necessary it is to develop my listening and communication skills.
I continued to broaden my career by leading those peer reviews and charrettes while never leaving behind my desire to be a competent practicing engineer. Currently I am an Associate Professor at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. This position allows me to combine my love of engineering and the drive to better our environment with the gratification of helping to shape tomorrows engineers.
I aspire to continue to pursue my love of engineering and education by contributing to the SEI Congress in 2019. By giving engineers the opportunity for professional development, we are already taking the first step towards a better future. Following this session, our hope is that attendees will be able to intellectually discuss the correlation between sustainable design & resilient design in addition to defining these two concepts as they relate to their industry and specialization.