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SEI SF Board of Directors

Phoebe Cheng, Chair

Vladimir Calugaru, Vice Chair

Edward J. Thometz, Past Chair

Anna (Teplitskaya) Vongsing, Secretary

Brian Kehoe, Technical Director

Shanshan Wang, Technical Director

Francisco Medina, Technical Director

Mark Bird, Treasurer

Amin Ghafooripour, Outreach Director

Jeffrey S. Falero, Historian

* Vacant Board Positions *

Marketing Director

Inter-Organization Director



“SEI San Francisco Chapter has been selected to receive the 2019 SEI Chapter of the Year Award in recognition of its exemplary activities and efforts to advance the structural engineering profession”
— David Cocke, S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, SEI President

Upcoming Events
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June 20, 2019 Bay Bridge Bike Path – West Span Design Proposal
June 24-26, 2019 Silicon Valley International Invention Festival
August 14-16, 2019 5th International Orthotropic Bridge Conference
October 17, 2019 ASCE SF SEI ROUND TABLE

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Engineering Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

With the advent of reliable small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, a number of industries are now capitalizing on the commercial potential of these devices previously marketed for aviation hobbyists and panoramic “selfie” seekers. The size, access limitations, and potential hazards of many active construction sites and existing buildings provide ample opportunity for the implementation of sUAS for data collection. This presentation will summarize currently available technology, regulatory hurdles, and practical applications and limitations of sUAS technology to the engineering and construction fields. The presentation will conclude with brief case studies demonstrating the use of sUAS for engineering data collection on existing and historic structures.

Robert Kraus, P.E., a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) in Emeryville, California will present drone applications for structural engineers. As a FAA Part 61 and Part 107 pilot, Mr. Kraus increasingly relies on sUAS among other technologies to overcome the challenges of data collection on existing structures, including those in varying states of distress or failure.

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The Premier Event for Orthotropic Bridge Collaboration

Continuing as a joint collaboration between Industry and Academia, the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), San Francisco Chapter is privileged to host the 5OBC in partnership with Santa Clara University and the Capital Branch of the ASCE Sacramento Section.

The 5OBC encompasses the interests of bridge owners, contractors, designers, researchers, maintenance personnel, and vendors involved with orthotropic bridges. Building upon previous orthotropic bridge conferences, we have added new topics to the 5OBC, including Orthotropic System for Non-Bridge Structures (e.g. Marine, Offshore, Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial structures) and Use of Orthotropic Concept for Non-Steel Materials (e.g. Aluminum, Carbon fiber, etc.).

Please visit the conference website ( for detailed information on Abstract Submissions, Program Schedule, and Registration information.

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Chapter Introduction


To serve and promote the structural engineering profession within the San Francisco Bay Area in a manner consistent with the purpose of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Inspire and advance the art and practice of structural engineering, develop and implement programs to enhance knowledge exchange, networking, and other professional development and educational outreach activities.

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