28TH ANNUAL STRUCTURAL FORUM – “Embracing Opportunity”

Feb. 3rd 2018


28th Annual Structural Forum – Embracing Opportunity

 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.

More details about Structural Forum will be posted on this page as the event gets closer. If you have any questions or would like more information please email Sophia Abshire, the Forum Chair, at forumchair.cpseaoc@gmail.com.

Hotel to stay at: Courtyard Marriott, San Luis Obispo

To receive the group rate you must book your rooms by Saturday, January 20th! The group rate is $169/night and applicable for February 2nd and 3rd.
You can either make your reservation by calling Central Reservations at 1-866-912-0969 and stating that you are making a reservation for Structural Forum 2018, or online at:Book your group rate for STRUCTURAL FORUM 2018.


Morning Schedule
Location: Cal Poly Campus, Building 3 Room 213 (Business Silo) 
8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 am First Speaker
9:45 am – 10:00 am Intermission
10:00 am – 10:45 am Second Speaker
10:45 am – 11:30 am Third Speaker
Evening Schedule
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Company Setup
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Career Fair
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Keynote Speaker
9:30 pm After party

ARCE 70th Anniversary

 Feb. 2nd
Check out the website for more information or to RSVP: https://arce70thanniversary.eventbrite.com

Here is the list of companies attending this year: Company List 2018


Elizabeth Hausler from Build Change at Skoll World Forum 2017

Elizabeth Hausler, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, Build Change

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change, a non‐ profit social enterprise with a mission to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes in Asia and Latin America. Build Change designs disaster-resistant houses and schools, trains homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them, works with governments to develop and implement building standards, partners with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs, and facilitates access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs. Build Change currently operates in Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Haiti, Colombia and Guatemala.
Dr. Hausler is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Elizabeth is a member of the University of California, Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Hausler and Build Change have received numerous honors and awards, including the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, and 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity in the Equality Category.  Elizabeth is a 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002-2003.  Elizabeth and Build Change’s work have been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, BBC website, NPR All Things Considered, abcNEWS World News Tonight Person of the Week, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Elle Magazine.


Richard Dreyer, SE, Architect Principal, Holmes Structures

Richard Dreyer, SE, Architect

Principal, Holmes Structures

Richard Dreyer graduated in Architecture from Cal Poly in 1974 and immediately went to work for a small structural engineering firm right out of school, Sena and Associates.  After about 5 years, he went to work with an architect, Richard Dobell to get his architects license.  After dong that, he joined Reid and Tarics Assocates in San Francisco, an Architectural and Structural engineering firm.  After about 5 years at RTA, he joined Holmes Structures, (previously Peter Culley and Associates, Culley Associates Inc, Holmes Culley) and has been there for 33 years.
As Senior Principal of Holmes Structures, Mr. Dreyer serves as the Engineer of Record for many ongoing projects. His experience has ranged from new multi-story post-tensioned concrete structures, to the structural design of new residential structures as well as the structural strengthening and repairs of all types of buildings.
Mr. Dreyer is deeply committed to the profession of Structural Engineering. He is currently the Immediate Past President of SEAONC and on the Board of Directors.  He is also on the SEAOC Board of Directors and the Chair of the SEAOC Foundation. He is always very involved with the SEAOC Conventions when Northern California hosts them and has been on 7 Convention Committees and plans to be involved in 2020.


Mike Korolyk - Tipping & Associates

Mike Korolyk, SE

Principal, Tipping Structural Engineers


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.


Headshot_Hayley Dickson Hayley Dickson, PE Hayley Dickson is an Engineer at Forell/Elsesser Structural Engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a licensed civil engineer in the state of California, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil and Structural engineering from Santa Clara University. Since joining the firm in 2013, she has worked on a variety of new construction and retrofit projects in the higher education, government and corporate sectors. These projects have included a range of materials and analyses, including nonlinear and response spectrum analysis of concrete shearwalls, steel moment frame, buckling restrained braced frames, and base isolation. She is involved in several industry organizations, including EERI, SPUR, and SEAONC. She has been involved in the SEAONC SE3 committee since its inception in 2015 and is the current co-chair of the committee.

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.