Industry Advisory Council
The new Architectural Engineering Advisory Council was formed in 2007 to aid the department in fulfilling its mission and goals. The Council consists of individuals who are leaders in engineering and industries related to Architectural Engineering. Collectively the Council members assist the department head in the following ways: they provide advice, advocacy, access and resources.
The members of our Industry Advisory Council Include:
President - Seneca Structural Engineering, Inc.
Dirk Bondy has been a practicing engineer since 1989. His profession interest and expertise is in the area of post-tensioned and reinforced concrete, steel, seimic design, seismic retrofit and vertical load retrofit. In addition to his structural. He has also been published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. He is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer in the states of California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona, as well as a licensed contractor in the state of California.
VP of Business Development - STEMKids, LLC
Consuelo Crosby has over 25 years experience in Urban Engineering Design and Project Management, Consuelo's strength of envisioning the building system, details and construction efficiency facilitates the progress of construction, diminishing time delays while increasing profitability. Consuelo is Co-Founder of Nerdynista.com, a source site for women where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) meets Style. Nerdynista sets it purpose on encouraging women to persevere in global innovation STEMing from their feminine intellect and outward presence.
Vice President - Buehler & Buehler
Bill Rader is a Vice President and Engineering Manager for Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. In 2001, he opened the Roseville location and continues to manage and oversee production for this branch office. With 31 years of structural design experience, he has been involved in all phases of the design and construction process. He has a broad background and working knowledge of all material types. His project experience includes single and multi-level office buildings, medical facilities, K-12 schools and universities. Bill is also a member of SEAOC and served two years on the SEAOCC exam committee.
External Relations Lead - Smarter Cities, Collaboration Solutions and Smarter Workforce, IBM
Sarah is a communications and marketing professional with four years of experience in developing successful domestic and global programs for Fortune 25 global technology corporation - IBM - and Fortune 500 and leading B2B ad tech and data storage technology companies, including: NetApp, YuMe, IO Data Centers, VMware, and SilverTail Systems. She has obtained seven years of experience in developing Higher Education platforms and programs in order to advance the ultimate college (and post-college) experience for all students and alumni.
Vice President & District Manager - HENSEL PHELPS
Jim Pappas joined Hensel Phelps in 1990 with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering (Construction Management) and is currently based in San Jose as the Vice President and District Manager of the Northern California District. After beginning with Hensel Phelps, Jim quickly rose through the ranks of Field Engineer, Office Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Operations Manager. In addition to his work with the Architectural Engineering Advisory Board at Cal Poly, Jim is actively involved in many industry organizations including the Associated General Contractors, Design-Build Institute of America, and the Board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Jim is also an advocate for collaborative partnering, and serves on the Board of the International Partnering Institute and the San Francisco Partnering Steering Committee for the City and County of San Francisco. Having been a part of more the $5 billion of construction projects, Jim has seen the value that partnering can provide, and the benefits of working together as a team. Away from the office, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Combining their love of sports with their love for travel, Pappas family adventures often include snow skiing, jet skiing, boating, and golf.
Vice President - Thornton Tomasetti
Michael Cochran has an extensive background in new building design and seismic retrofit and renovation of existing buildings. For more than 20 years, Michael has been an active member of the California engineering community. He has also been an active member on various American Institute of Steel Construction committees. Michael recently served on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s seismic safety task force and contributed to the development of “Resilience by Design,” a report which addressed the city’s greatest vulnerabilities from earthquakes and offered recommendations for improving seismic preparedness.
Senior Vice President & Managing Principal - RIM Architects
Michelle Jones, Cal Poly graduate from the School of Architecture is the Managing Principal of RIM Architects San Francisco office. She started her career in an Engineering/Architecture firm in the Bay Area for several years as an Architect integrated closely with Structural engineers with an engineering focus. She later transitioned in her career with RIM in their Guam office working in diverse markets including Hospitality and Retail coupled with Military design. 14 years ago, she ‘came back home’ to the Bay Area and started RIM’s San Francisco office with a Retail focus. Since its inception, RIM’s office has developed into a firm with focus in the Commercial market with Design/Build delivery as its primary delivery process. Michelle is also a certified Interior Designer with NCIDQ. She is active in CREW (Commercial Real Estate for Women), SAME and DBIA.
Associate Principal, Director of Structural Engineering
Bryan Seamer is the Managing Director of LPA’s structural and seismic engineering group. Bryan has over 19 years of experience in the design of new buildings, renovations and seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings. He is responsible for the day to day efforts of the Structural Engineering team at LPA and leads in the organization of the team which includes staffing, business development and operations. He is passionate about using emerging technologies and innovative design strategies to create safer and more cost effective built environments and sustainable resilient communities. Bryan holds engineering degrees from both the University of Southern California and Cal State Long Beach and is a licensed engineer in California, Washington, Texas and Minnesota. Bryan also serves as President of the LPA Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support integrated sustainable design through education and research.
Principal, Director – Marketing
With over 25 years of experience in the business development, marketing, public relations, engineering and project management sectors of the A/E/C industry, Donna joined AC Martin as the Director of Marketing in 2007, and is currently a Principal with the firm and a member of the firm’s executive management team. As the marketing director, she has strategically developed marketing plans, reinforced public relation outlets, and has strengthened and developed new business contacts for the firm. With a hands-on background in the design and construction of projects, Donna works closely with the leadership of the firm to create new avenues for market growth and business development; and helps to guide and develop all specific project pursuit strategies. Donna received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has been a past board member of the Society of Marketing for Professional Services and the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association of Southern California. She currently sits on the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Measure BB Advisory Committee.
structural Engineer at Arup
Shawna is a structural engineer at Arup in San Francisco. She graduated from the Architectural Engineering program at Cal Poly and then obtained her masters in structural engineering at Stanford University. She now resides in the bay area, where she spends her free time hiking local trails, playing beach volleyball, and exploring the diverse and culturally rich city of San Francisco.
Associate - Degenkolb Engineers
Abe is an Emeritus faculty after retiring as a professor and former department head with 18 years in the ARCE department. He is now an associate in Degenkolb Engineer's Oakland office. While continuing to mentor younger engineers as a manager, he also specializes in advanced analysis of hospitals and high-rise structures, seismic strengthening, reinforced concrete and forensics, to name a few. He and his family live in Oakland, not far from the small town he grew up in.
Managing Partner & Principal Structural Engineer at SSG Structural Engineers
Mr. Parolini is a California licensed civil and structural engineer. His practice covers all aspects of structural engineering; including the markets of education, military, municipal, commercial, residential, non-building structures, rehabilitation, historical and institutional buildings of steel, concrete, timber and masonry construction. His main focus remains on interesting Municipal, Military and Education projects. Mr. Parolini is a part-time lecturer with the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has also presented his technical paper on the use of Heavy Timber Braced Frames in High Seismic Risk Regions at the annual Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) conference proceedings. He has co-authored a paper for the ASCE National Forensic Conference on Rain Induced roof collapses as well. Michael lives in San Luis Obispo, CA with his wife Kelsey & Jack Russell Terriers; Bandit and Phoebe.
consultant AND Independent director
Steve Abernethy co-founded SquareTrade in 1999 and led the company as its CEO and then Executive Chairman for 17 years until Allstate acquired SquareTrade in early 2017. SquareTrade disrupted the consumer electronics warranty industry, creating a leading consumer-rated protection service. Steve now advises technology companies, currently serving on the board of directors of Autofi in San Francisco. Prior to SquareTrade, Steve earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey in New York. Prior to this, Steve earned his BS in Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly and worked as an engineer for several years at Arup in London and Los Angeles.
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Christopher Haight is an internationally licensed structural engineer with more than 21 years of experience in design, seismic evaluation and retrofit, and construction. Christopher is well-versed in all major construction materials and methods, including concrete, steel, masonry, timber, energy dissipation, and tilt-up construction. In addition to gaining most of his professional experience on the West coast, Chris spent 2 years working in New Zealand growing a structural engineering office and assisting in the earthquake recovery of Christchurch. Current responsibilities include managing the new and growing Coffman Newport Beach office. Christopher received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a registered Civil and Structural engineer in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Chris also holds licensure in New Zealand as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and is recognized as a licensed International Professional Engineer (IntPE).
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