Episodes
In this episode, Mat and Cara talk about three career takeaways that stood out for them throughout their careers, and how those experiences helped them to grow as engineers. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Their Career Takeaways: Cara’s first career takeaway: If you are a student or an engineer who is pivoting in your career, look for opportunities outside of what you have studied or have been working in. You might be surprised how your...
Published 05/12/22
In this episode, we talk to Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., SE, F. SEAOC, SECB, mass timber specialist at Structurlam, about mass timber in structural engineering and how engineers can become more involved in the industry. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Michelle: What does a career in mass timber entail, and what should people considering a career in mass timber know about it? What would you say is the secret to being successful in the industry with the rise...
Published 04/28/22
In this episode, we talk to Joe Maffei, SE, Ph.D., LEED AP, an internationally recognized expert on the seismic evaluation, design, and retrofitting of structures, about the SFO Air Traffic Control Tower, for which his company, Maffei Structural Engineering, also received an excellence award. He talks about their involvement in the project and how they designed the first-ever control tower that used a nonlinear analysis performance-based seismic design. Engineering Quotes: Here Are...
Published 04/14/22
In this episode, we talk to Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, PMP, LEED Green Assoc., about structural steel design and how he went from architecture to falling in love with steel. He also talks about some of the latest innovative steel systems and how they are helping structural engineers. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Alex: How does one go from architecture to structural steel design? What does structural steel design entail? How did you...
Published 03/31/22
In this episode, we talk to Michael Hopper, P.E., an Associate Partner at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers, about post-tensioned concrete (PT) structures, what they are, some of the advantages of using post-tensioning, and what he thinks the future holds for PT. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Michael: What is post-tensioning, and why is it important? What are some of the advantages of using post-tensioning in structures? How has PT structure...
Published 03/17/22
In this episode, we talk to Derek Loush, P.E., who has worked as a senior project engineer for the past seven years and then decided to go back to business school to get his MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. We talk about why he chose to go back to business school, what he hopes to accomplish by doing it, and how his structural engineering background fits into all of that. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Derek: What made you decide to go...
Published 03/03/22
In this episode, we talk to J. G. (Greg) Soules, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., P.Eng, a Senior Principal Structural Engineer and the Technical Authority for Seismic and Wind Engineering for CB&I, about his involvement in the Peachoid Water Tower project, how he received his Ph.D. at 63, and why professional judgment is important as an engineer. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Greg: CB&I Storage Solutions designed the “Peachoid,” a 135-foot-tall water...
Published 02/17/22
In this episode, we review our Top 10 Structural Engineering Episodes since this podcast started and talk about some of the great lessons we learned from those podcast episodes. Here Are Our Top 10 Structural Engineering Episodes: #10. TSEC 35: The State of Structural Engineering in Higher Education Drew Dudley, P.E., SE, Vice President at Dudley Dunham Engineering, and a lecturer at Texas A&M University, talked about the state of structural engineering and higher education. In this...
Published 02/03/22
In this episode, we talk to Christopher Gill, a senior product manager at Hilti, Inc, about fastening in corrosive environments and how structural engineers can help to decrease the corrosion of metals used in construction. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Chris: What are some of the factors that need to be considered when choosing a fastener in corrosive environments? Can you provide us with an example of one of these technologies that can help...
Published 01/20/22
In this episode, we talk to Alyson Hallander, a product engineer at Schöck, about structural thermal breaks, what it is, as well as some of the benefits and structural design considerations when working with it. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Alyson: What is thermal bridging? What are some of the benefits of using structural thermal breaks? Is there research on structural thermal breaks helping prevent condensation from forming behind façade...
Published 01/06/22
In this episode, we talk to Joseph (Joe) Dardis, P.E., a Senior Structural Steel Specialist with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in Chicago, about what structural engineers should know about the evolving construction economy. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Joe About the Evolving Construction Economy: Can you provide more insights about what the building construction economy is looking like right now, the types of projects being built,...
Published 12/23/21
In this episode, we talk to Megan Stringer, SE, LEED, AP, BD+C, Associate Principal at Holmes, about embodied carbon reduction and how engineers can help reduce embodied carbon in construction. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Megan: What is embodied carbon and why is it important? How can structural engineers help reduce embodied carbon in construction? What is the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program, and how does it aim to help embodied...
Published 12/09/21
In this episode, we talk to Anastasia Athanasiou, a Postdoc fellow in Structural and Wind Engineering at Concordia University about the performance-based multi-hazard design of buildings, and more specifically, the effects, similarities and differences of wind and earthquakes loads on buildings and how engineers can enhance the inherent resilience and improve the robustness of buildings. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Anastasia: In 2017 you were...
Published 11/25/21
In this episode, we talk to Trina A. Agnello, P.E., a Structural Assistant Manager at Stewart. We take a deeper look into what newly graduated structural engineers can expect after the first five years of college when working at a firm. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Trina: What would a typical day at the job look like during a structural engineer’s first year, and how many hours per week would they need to work? How would you say classwork...
Published 11/11/21
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Podcast, we talk to Maria Eugenia Chumbita, P.E., Vice President of CoreBrace, about the use of buckling restrained braces (BRB) in structural engineering, what they are, how they work, and the process involved in going from the design to the construction phase of projects. Maria also talks about the importance of communication and human connection and how that can improve the productivity of your team. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some...
Published 10/28/21
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Podcast, we talk to Aaron Miller, P.E. who is a senior project manager at DCI Engineers. We will be talking about modular construction, what it is, and how it fits into the construction environment.   Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Aaron in This Episode: What is modular construction? What is the comparison between the speed of typical constructions and modular constructions? How does your experience...
Published 10/14/21
In this episode, we talk to Jim Amundson, P.E., SE, Vice President, and Principal at Coffman Engineers, about important aspects you need to know about when selecting the appropriate structural framing system for a building. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Jim: What is the thought process in selecting a structural framing system? What information is needed from an owner, architect, and other consultants to select a structural framing system? How...
Published 09/30/21
In this episode, we talk to Matthew J. Bandelt, Ph.D., P.E., an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) about using emerging concrete materials, such as ultra-high performance concrete, in projects and how they test these materials to evaluate their performance. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Matthew: What is meant by...
Published 09/16/21
In this episode, we talk to Michael Howell, P.E., SE, president and owner of Arrow Engineering. Mike is a licensed structural engineer who has experience as both a contractor and a designer. He specializes in providing engineering services for design-build projects and has experience in several different types of projects. We talk to Michael about starting your own engineering company. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Michael: When and why did you...
Published 09/02/21
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Podcast, we talk to Annie Kao, PE, Vice President of Engineering at Simpson Strong-Tie about innovation and product testing in engineering and why seismic retrofitting is so important in structural engineering. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Annie in This Episode: What would you say makes a good engineering leader? What is your involvement in the research and development sector of Simpson Strong-Tie? You...
Published 08/19/21
In this episode, we talk to Emily Guglielmo, P.E., SE, the past president of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), about building safety in response to the recent Surfside building collapse in Miami a few weeks ago. She will also talk about a structural engineer’s role post-collapse and how the collapse will affect our building codes. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions...
Published 08/05/21
In this episode, we talk to Peter Vanderzee, President and CEO at LifeSpan Technologies, about his career journey and experience transitioning from electronics to chemical to environmental to geotechnical and then finally to structural engineering. He also shares some great strategies and tips for the startup engineering business owner. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Peter: You moved from electronics to chemical to environmental to geotechnical...
Published 07/22/21
In this episode, we talk to Mark Kaiser, S.E., a senior associate at RLG Consulting Engineers, about tilt-up construction and shelter designs. He elaborates on the difference between tilt-up and precast and also talks about what he thinks the future holds for shelter design. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Mark: What is the difference between tilt-up and precast? Is tilt-up construction cheaper than pre-engineered steel buildings? Can you please...
Published 07/08/21
In this episode, we talk to Eli Gould, U.S. Representative at Wood Construction Group, about timber structural systems in modern digital workflows. He talks about some of the challenges in modern timber systems and discusses some of the emerging standards used for data and descriptions in timber structural systems. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Eli Gould: What are some of the challenges in modeling and describing modern timber systems with...
Published 06/24/21