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C.V. Chelapati, Ph.D (ILL)., P.E (CA)., F. ASCE

  • President, Irvine Institute of Technology (IIT)., President, Professional Engineering Development Publications (PEDP)
  • Emeritus Professor and Past Chairman, Civil Engineering Dept, Director, Continuing Engineering Education, College of Engineering, CSULB
  • Research Specialist US NAVY and Holmes & Narver, Inc., Adv. Computer Structural Analysis, Earthquake Engineering, Nuclear Reactor Structures, Earthquake Damage Prediction & Site Surveys, GIS studies for US NAVAL Bases

Allison E. Auld, PH.D.

  • Advanced Power and Energy Program, University of California-Irvine, Irvine CA: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Taught five review classes at IIT on topics relevant to P.E. Electrical Power Exam twice a year.
  • Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR: Technical Intern
  • Many Research Publications

Cairo Briceño, M.S., S.E.

  • Supervising Structural Engineer, Parsons, Pasadena
  • Structural Engineer with more than 20 years of projects experience across many building markets
  • Chair of the Existing Building Committee for Structural Association of Northern California
  • Active member of the Seismology Committee for the Structural Association of Southern California
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 1989

Richard M. Drake, B.S. (Cal Poly Pomona), M.S. (UC Irvine), P.E. & S.E. (Calif.), SECB

  • Senior Fellow, Structural Engineering, Fluor Corporation
  • Instructor, Cal Poly Pomona – Steel Design, Advanced Steel Design, Earthquake Engineering, Comprehensive Design Projects
  • Member – SEAOC, EERI, AISC, ASCE
  • Member – AISC Seismic Provisions Committee, AISC Seismic Manual Committee, AISC Nonbuilding Structures Committee
  • ASCE 7 Main Committee

Chukwuma G. Ekwueme, PhD, PE, SE, LEED AP

  • Associate Principal, Weidlinger Associates Inc, Marina del Rey, CA
  • Member, Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) Main Committee, Seismic Committee, Flexure & Axial Loads Committee
  • Director, Board of Directors, The Masonry Society (TMS)
  • Director, Board of Directors, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), 2005-2007

Ping Feng, Ph.D

  • Research Specialist at UCI
  • Senior Engineer TAE
  • Postdoctorial Fellow at UCD
  • Instructor of PE Electric Seminar, IIT, twice a year
  • IEEE member

Patrick Gibson, P.E., T.E., PTOE

  • MSCE (Northwestern University); Fellow, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • President of Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc.
  • Lecturer of the Year, UCLA, Department of Civil Engineering, 2005 and 2008
  • Specializes in traffic impact reports for complex development projects through the Western United States
  • Co-author of Shared Parking, national research study sponsored by Urban Land Institute

Khan A. Hossain, M.Sc (Transportation), M.Sc (Civil), P.E.

  • Design Manager, Office of Design, California Department of Transportation
  • 20 years of experience in Highway Design

Anurag Jain, Ph.D., P.E.

  • More than 20 years experience designing, analyzing, and investigating structures for extreme loads
  • Associate Member, ASCE 7 Wind Loads Sub-committee
  • Member, SEAOC Wind Loads Committtee
  • Secretary, ASCE Structural Wind Effects Committee

Mohsen Kargahi, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Senior Engineer, Brandow & Naster, Inc. Los Angeles
  • Completed two Master’s degrees from Universities of Central Florida (UCF) and Southern California (USC) before earning his PhD from USC
  • Extensive experience in computer modeling, analysis and design for a wide range of structures
  • Has taught Design of Steel Structures at USC for six years

Kurt Krause, MSME (CSULB)

  • Senior Mechanical Engineer in the Antenna Mechanical Design Department at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA
  • Former Member of Technical Staff in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northrop Grumman, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Former Member of Technical Staff in the Integration and Launch Operations Department at TRW, Manhattan Beach, CA

Kosal Krishnan, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Vice President, Director, Jacobs Engineering, Irvine
  • Received Doctoral degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from University of California at Berkeley (UCB)
  • Over 26 years of bridged and marine structural engineering experience
  • Member of ASCE COPRI Standards Committee on Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves
  • Authored numerous technical reports and papers for journals and conferences and is one of the coauthors of the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) Bridge Design Manual
  • Recipient of the 1998 Charles C. Zollman Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Jeff Kuo, Ph.D. (USC) P.E. (CA)

    • P.E. in Civil, Mechanical, & Chemical Engineering (California)
    • Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CSUF
    • Worked for several major environmental engineering consulting firms & Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

James S. Lai, SE, F. SEAOC, F. ACI, F. ASCE

  • 45 plus years of structural engineering experience from low rise to super high rise buildings
  • Member, ASCE 7 Main committee and Seismic Subcommittee; ACI 314, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings; ACI 315, Reinforcement; ACI-ASCE 421, Slabs; ACI 441, Columns; ACI 551, Tilt-up
  • Chair, Wind Committee of Structural Engineers Association of California
  • Past President, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), 1998-1999
  • Frequent presenter on reinforced concrete topics in various technical groups

Elhami Nasr, Ph.D., PMP

  • Office Chief of Advance Planning, Caltrans
  • Professor, California State University, Long Beach, College of Engineering – Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management

Iraj Nasseri, Ph.D. (Stanford), D.I.C. , P.E. (CA), M. ASCE

  • Chief Hydrologist, County of los Angeles
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, USC
  • Specialized in engineering hydrology, hydraulics, groundwater hydraulics & water resources engineering.
  • Developed major flood control and water conservation projects.
  • Conducted research and developed hydrologic methods, procedures, and policies for the County of Los Angeles.
  • Provided training in hydrology and hydraulics to the engineering staff of consulting firms, cities, counties, and Caltrans.

T. H. Nguyen, Ph.D. (Penn State), P.E. (ND)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management, California State University, Long Beach
  • Member of Construction Research Council and the editorial board of The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal (ISSN 1874-8368)
  • Research specialist in Information Technology in building design and construction engineering management

John Pavlik, A.A. (Fullerton), B.A. (CSUF), P.L.S.

  • Right of Way Engineering Manager, O.C. Public Work
  • Instructor, CSU system and community colleges, professional exam preparation courses for LSIT, LS and PE
  • Co-author, CSULB Land Surveying Review Manual and CPEE Engineering Surveying Review Manual
  • Past president, Orange County Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association
  • Active member, International Right of Way Association
  • Developer and only instructor since 1992, Engineering Surveying Review course

Bruce M. Phillips, M.S. (USC), M.S. (CSULB), P.E. (Calif., Ariz.)

  • Senior Vice President, Stormwater Management, PACE
  • Lecturer, Civil Engineering Department, CSULB (since 1989), University of California at Irvine, University of California at Riverside
  • Previous chairman for the California Special Civil Exam, with over 20 years teaching experience in the area of hydraulics
  • Author of many publications, including Current Regulatory Best Management Practices for Urban Runoff; Effectiveness of Stormwater Detention Basins for Pollutant Removal; Streambank Stabilization with Geogrid System

Girish Roy, M.S. Civil Engineering- Structural Engineering (U. of Ill), Ph.D. (Illinois Institute of Technology)

  • Director- Construction Management, Supervising Engineer, Engineering Project Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Senior Project Manager, Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
  • Project Engineer/Resident Engineer, Brown & Root Inc.
  • MTA Employee of the Month, 1998
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of Technical Committee for Shotcrete Design in Tunnels
  • Adjunct professor, Civil Engineering Department, California State University, Fullerton

Boris Stein, D. Sc. (Materials Science, Honoris Causa), M. Sc. (Engineering), Consulting Engineer, Concrete Materials Scientist and Educator

  • Vice President , Materials Engineering & Research, Twining Laboratories
  • Co-founder and partner, CMT Research Associates
  • Author and coauthor of numerous publications on concrete materials science and technology; editor and coauthor of English-Russian Dictionary on Chemistry and Technology of Silicate Materials
  • Holds fifteen certificates on inventions and patents
  • Contributed to the development and application of innovative concrete technologies in California, including ultra-rapid strength concrete for rehabilitation of highways, airfields and city streets

Douglas S. Thompson, B.S. (Cal Poly SLO), S.E. (Calif.),

  • President of STB Structural Engineers, Inc., Lake Forest, CA
  • Co-Author: Seismic Design Manual-published by SEAOC/ICC
  • Co-Author: Guide to the Design of Diaphragms, Chords and Collectors-published by NCSEA/ICC

R. Brett Williams, Ph.D. (VA Tech), P.E. (CA)

  • Principal Mechanical Engineer in the Antenna Mechanical Design Department at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA
  • Former Staff Engineer in the Instrument Mechanical Engineering Section at NASA JPL, Pasadena, CA
  • Instructor of Aerospace Engineering Structures at USC and UCLA
  • Author of numerous publications for research in space structures, intelligent structures, and composite materials

Bahram Zarin-afsar, M.Arch (USC), MSSE (CSUN), B.Arch (USC), BSCE (USC), AIA, M. ACI, M.ASCE, P.E.

  • President, Zarin-afsar & Assoc. Inc. Irvine, CA
  • Licensed Architect, State of California
  • Registered Professional Engineer, States of California, Arizona & Texas
  • Member of University of Southern California Architectural Guild, American Institute of Architects, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Concrete Institute
  • Lecturer at USC School of Architecture, Structural Systems & Seismic Design and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, School of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture, Building Construction (Materials & Methods)
  • Chairperson of Seismology Committee of Structural Engineers Association of California 2013-2014 and Research Committee of Structural Engineers Association of Southern California 2002-2013