Structural Forum, is an annual event hosted by our SEAOC student chapter to connect structural engineering professionals and students. The event includes two portions, split into morning and evening. The day program will be held on Cal Poly’s campus and will feature presentations from three distinguished individuals in the structural engineering field. This portion is free for all to attend. The evening program, held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, includes a career fair, banquet and special keynote presenter. It gives students the opportunity to interact with professionals in the structural engineering field and provides companies with the chance to promote their firm and recruit aspiring students.
Mike Korolyk has made substantial contributions to Tipping’s practice of engineering, weaving dynamic creativity and the ability to effectively organize information and design with his masterful understanding of performance-based seismic design, analysis, and computer programming. As a result, he sees solutions where others would see only obstacles. His design of analysis strategies and authoring of analytic tools have driven much of the firm’s success in performance-based seismic design in the last eleven years.
Mike was crucial to the design of many of Tipping’s award-winning projects: the San Francisco Public Utilities Headquarters, the Rene Cazenave Apartments, the Carquinez Senior Apartments, 680 Folsom Street, and UC Berkeley’s Hearst Greek Theatre, among others. He also performed the seismic evaluation of the Washington Monument after Virginia’s 5.8 Mineral Earthquake in 2011.
Notably, Mike was the primary force responsible for the analytical framework and execution of FEMA P-807: Guidelines for the Seismic Retrofit of Weak-Story Multiunit Wood-Frame Structures. The intention behind this FEMA-driven project was to create a method of evaluation and retrofit technically robust enough to predict seismic performance, while also being employable by engineers who may have limited experience in performance-based design and nonlinear response history analysis. Moreover, Mike conceived of and created the Weak-Story Tool, a software program that accompanies the guidelines. It allows the user to combine shear-wall backbone curves and calculates quantities needed for the evaluation. The CAD-like graphical interface gives users access to the analytical results and helps to protect against errors in input and bookkeeping.
Mike earned his BS in civil engineering and his MS in structural engineering at UC Berkeley. He joined Tipping in 2006 and was named associate in 2011, principal in 2014.
Theresa Curtis, P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+C Senior Associate Theresa Curtis joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2006. She is senior associate in the firm’s structural Engineering Practice and brings extensive experience in structural analysis and design for new buildings as well as renovations and retrofits to existing structures. Her portfolio includes healthcare and education projects for private sector and local and state government clients.
Theresa is a licensed civil and structural engineer in California and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a Registered California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program Evaluator. Theresa earned her master’s in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and is the current co-chair of the SEAONC SE3 committee, an initiative to help identify how gender plays a role in retaining structural engineers at all levels. Theresa has published multiple articles and papers throughout the course of her career.