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2018 AEI CANstruction Winners

December 2018

Following months of canned food fundraising for those in need, Cal Poly SEAOC once again took home the award for the AEI CANstruction competition with an outstanding 370 cans in their "CANoe" structure.

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SEAOC Fall Trip to Portland 

november 7-10, 2018

The Cal Poly SEAOC student chapter traveled to Portland, Oregon for their fall trip.  While there they visited the offices of PCS Structural, Mackenzie, Nishkian Dean, and KPFF.  While visiting KPFF, they also went on a site visit to a project being constructed in downtown Portland. On top of visiting firms and connecting with industry professionals, the group had fun mini golfing and exploring the city.

Click here to view photos from their trip!

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Anahid Behrouzi attends the 2018 American Concrete Institute Convention 

fall 2018

Recently, ARCE assistant professor Anahid Behrouzi attended the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2018 Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Behrouzi was awarded a registration grant to the convention for her winning submission to the ACI Young Professional Essay Contest. As a past two-time ACI fellowship recipient and current ACI Scholarship Council member, Behrouzi presented to the ACI Foundation on the impact of the student fellowships. She also attended committee meetings for ACI 133 (Disaster Reconnaissance), ACI 374 (Seismic Provisions), ACI Scholarship Council, 88 (Student & Young Professional Activities Committee), and S805 (Concrete Collegiate Council) among others. Aside from these activities, Behrouzi had the opportunity to catch up with her longtime industry mentor Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), as well as meet with ACI Past-President Anne Ellis to begin planning an upcoming “Innovation in Concrete Construction” webinar on new technologies and approaches to learn from post-hazard structural reconnaissance efforts.


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ARCE Alumni, Alexi Kouromenos, presents at the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August, 2018

Alexi Kouromenos, a structural designer in the Bay Area and graduate of the Bachelors and Masters (2017) Architectural Engineering program, presented his findings on the Lateral Strength and Ductile Behavior of a Mortise-Tenon Connected Timber Frame at the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering in Seoul, South Korea in August 2018. This conference occurs biannually and is a platform to share the latest innovations in timber engineering. The Thesis, advised by James Mwangi, Jill Nelson and Cole McDaniel, explored the seismic resilience of traditional heavy timber framing and aimed to demonstrate that timber frames can reliably resist more than one earthquake, while complying with US codes. Presenting this paper at the international conference was made possible by support from the ARCE department and the Parent’s Learn By Doing fund.


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Al Estes attends CAED Dean's Leadership Council and visits Sacramento firms

September 19-21, 2018

Department Head Al Estes visited Sacramento from September 19 –21 to attend the CAED Dean’s Leadership Council and visit industry firms.  The DLC meeting was planned by Dean Christine Theodoropoulos and Director of Development Jessica Otten and was hosted by the Architecture firm Nacht and Lewis.  The CAED hosted a reception for alumni and friends in the Sacramento area at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel on Thursday evening.  The theme was Community Resilience and the panelists were Phil Serna, Chet Widom, Tim Denham and Tori Hertz.  The reception was attended by ARCE grads Steve Pelham, Nick Petrarca, Laura Rice, Art Ross, and Bill Rader. 

On Wednesday, Al met with Kit Miyamoto, Jay Reiser and Diana Erwin at the office of Miyamoto International to discuss the recent student trip to Nepal and the future of this partnership.  Because Miyamoto was hosting a meeting of company leadership from off-site offices, Al was also able to meet with Jeff Crozier from the L.A. office and ARCE grad Veronica Chauvel from the Reno office.  Al also saw ARCE grads Casey Lubawy and Caleb Dunne.  Al also visited Lionakis and met with ARCE grads Matt Melcher who will be joining the ARCE Advisory Board this Spring and Kerry Volker.  Also present in the office were ARCE grads Danielle Smith, Lucas Jolly, Kaylee Efstathiu, Bill Anders, Jon McCall, and Kendall Johnson.  On Thursday morning, Al visited Art Ross at CYS Structural Engineers and presented the office with the 2013 and 2014 ARC’Y awards for the best video at the respective ARCE scholarship award ceremonies.  Al visited Buehler and Buehler on Thursday afternoon and saw ARCE grads Soli Sorabji, Brian Weins, Larry Summerfield, Bill Rader, Jeret Buerger, Jason Horwedel, Nick Petrarca, and Scott Hooker.

On Friday afternoon, Christine Theodoropoulos, Jessica Otten, Margot McDonald and Al Estes visited Clark Pacific for a tour of the pre-cast concrete facility and to conduct a gift agreement signing ceremony for the ARCE Clark Pacific Design Laboratory that will replace the current Haselton Design Lab.  Don Clark (President of Business Development) and Kristofer Kumfert (Chief Human Resources Officer) signed on behalf of Clark Pacific.  The lab sponsorship is a commitment of $50,000 for the five year sponsorship.


Click here to view photos from Al's visit!

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Lithuania Study Abroad 2018

September 1-15, 2018

This summer a group of students traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania to study abroad at Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas. While abroad they immersed themselves in a new culture, all the while making forward strides in their ARCE education. During the five week long program the students took 3 courses: ARCE 371-Structural Systems Laboratory, ARCE 302-Structural Analysis, and ARCE 352-Structural Computing Analysis. While fitting in these three ARCE courses (traditionally taken in a 10 week long quarter) into 5 weeks was intense, the students were able to get ahead in their degree progress, work alongside Lithuanian students, and got to explore the unique country. Traveling with the group were Cal Poly Professors, Ed Saliklis and Pamalee Brady.

While an unconventional location to study abroad, the Lithuania program gave students the opportunity to discover a countries unique and rich history. During the weekends students had the opportunity to explore other parts of Lithuania and even travel to Riga, Latvia. During a planned group trip to Druskininkai the group had a chance to make Sakotis, a traditional Lithuanian dessert, go zip-lining through the trees and over rivers, and explore the nice town. In Riga the students biked around the city, explored the marketplace, and relaxed at the pool.

The Lithuanian students showed the Cal Poly group around the city. Together they ventured around the city to some favorite local spots. Their trip was filled with unique food, rich history, Baltic amber, and eye opening adventures.  



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Cal Poly SESH travels to Nepal

September 1-15, 2018

At the beginning of September, a group of 15 students and professor Peter Laursen ​​​embarked on a two week journey to Kathmandu Nepal led by trip leaders Jenna Williams & Elyssa Adams.  While there, they had the opportunity to work on a couple humanitarian projects with Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief with the end goal of a seismic rehabilitation of these structures that were greatly affected in the 2015 earthquake. Click below to read more! 

SESH Recap Newsletter

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Al Estes' Bay Area Visit

August 27-28, 2018

Department Head Al Estes visited several industry firms in the Bay Area from August 27-28.  Al had lunch with Stacy Bartoletti (CEO and Chairman) and Jim Malley (Senior Principal) of Degenkolb Engineers.  They discussed master’s degree programs and the state of the industry.  Most importantly, Degenkolb agreed to sponsor the ARCE graduate laboratory for another five years. 

Al also visited Forell-Elsesser Engineers where he met with President and CEO Simin Naaseh as well as Carolynn Smith, ARCE alum Allen Nudel, Russell Berkowitz, and Lindsey Maclise.  They discussed various ways for the firm to stay engaged with the ARCE department. 

Al also visited the Oakland office of Degenkolb where he was escorted by ARCE emeritus faculty member Abe Lynn.  Al visited briefly with ARCE graduates Alex Barnes, Dave Martin, Elena Good, James Liu, Melissa Vickery and ARCE student Sydney Gallion who is currently on an internship with the firm. 

Finally, Al visited Hassett Engineering where he met with Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hassett and ARCE graduates Jorien Baza, Satiya Taeidi, and Julio Mendoza.  Current ARCE student Elvira Sabanovich was there on a summer internship.

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Point Sur Lighthouse Ultra-Low Forced Vibration Testing

August 20-21, 2018

The Point Sur Light Station Lighthouse, located on the Big Sur Coast of California, is an unreinforced masonry building constructed in 1889.  For nearly a century the lighthouse illuminated the rugged coast line with a first order Fresnel Lens.  In 1978 the Fresnel Lens was replaced with a modern aero beacon, and transported to the Maritime Museum of Monterey.  Recently the Central Coast Light Keepers received approval from the United States Coast Guard to repatriate the original Fresnel lens to the lighthouse. 

ARCE Professors Graham Archer, Peter Laursen and Cole McDaniel were invited by the Central Coast Light Keepers and Shoreline Engineering to conduct Ultra-Low Forced Vibration Testing on the lighthouse.  The testing was requested to provide an independent assessment of the dynamic response of the building.  The natural frequencies and mode shapes of the lighthouse were experimentally determined; these key parameters will help calibrate the computational model used in the assessment of the lighthouse seismic vulnerability as well as retrofit options.

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Dr. Craig Baltimore attends 10IMC

July 9-11, 2018

Dr. Craig Baltimore recently attended the 10th International Masonry Conference (10IMC) in Milan, Italy, (at the Politecnico di Milano) where he presented a paper on his continuing research in Sustainable Self-Consolidating Grout. The 10IMC is held every four years, provides an opportunity to exchange information on the advancement of new research in the field of masonry structures, dealing mainly with the design of new masonry structures, assessment of historical buildings, retrofitting and rehabilitation techniques. 

In addition to presenting his paper, Baltimore had the opportunity to catch up with ARCE alumni Shannon Abeling (2015) who also presented a paper. Abeling is working on her Ph.D. in probability and risk estimation of masonry structures during seismic events at the University of Auckland.

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