Kelsey is a Senior Structural Engineer with SSG Structural Engineers, LLP in their San Luis Obispo, CA office. With sixteen years of engineering design and project management experience, her portfolio is brimming with successful mixed-use commercial complexes, multi-family developments, high-end winery facilities, and custom single-family residential projects. She brings a critical eye to each project; ensuring that the proper structural systems are well-coordinated with all disciplines. Kelsey first came to California’s Central Coast to study in the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, graduating with her B.S. degree in 2003. She has a passion for education and communication which she currently harnesses to head SSG’s intern development program and spent nearly a decade as a part-time lecturer for her alma mater. She also volunteers in various capacities to help introduce science and math along with the profession of engineering to local school age children through panel discussions, activities and presentations. She has served on SEAOSC’s Board of Directors with emphasis on Tri-County relations, development and growth of the Membership Committee, and the organization’s strategic forward planning. Kelsey is a proud Central Coast resident and lives with her husband and two Jack Russel Terriers in San Luis Obispo.
Henry Burton, Ph.D., S.E., University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Henry V. Burton is an Assistant Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Endowed Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research aims to understand and model the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events such as major earthquakes. He teaches graduate courses on Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Reliability and an undergraduate course on Structural Testing and Analysis. Dr. Burton is a registered structural engineer in the state of California. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, he spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers, where he worked on numerous projects involving design of new buildings and seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship (2014) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016).
Kim Caravalho, S.E., Vice President – Brandow & Johnston
Kim Caravalho is Vice President of Brandow & Johnston. She has developed long-standing relationships with a number of clients throughout her 25+ years of structural design experience. Working on a wide array of building types and materials, she has experience in design of new structures, seismic retrofit, modernizations and tenant improvements, as well as DSA plan review. Kim’s portfolio includes K-12 schools, higher education, public facilities, student housing, laboratories and tenant improvement projects, among others. She is comfortable taking on challenging projects and providing safe, high-quality and award-winning design solutions for her clients. In addition to being a leader in the office, Kim has also been working with the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists on various aspects of the exam development for more than 10 years. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and is licensed in over 15 states.
Victor Cuevas, P.E., Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Mr. Cuevas has worked for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) for 19 years and is currently in charge of Plan Check operations. Prior to this assignment, he managed the department’s Counter Plan Check Operations. He served as the Department’s Code Engineer for 10 years, where he was responsible to amend and adopt the latest California codes and publishing the City’s Building, Residential, Green Code, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing codes. He has worked and managed Engineering Researched and also worked in plan check, supervised and managed all LADBS plan check offices. Prior to joining LADBS, Mr. Cuevas was an Estimator and Project Manager in general engineering construction and seismic retrofit of buildings for several years where he specialized in structural concrete construction. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California. He is the Past Board President of the Los Angeles Basin Chapter of ICC and a current CALBO Board member. He also served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Montebello for six years.
Tom Harris, S.E., California Code Check
Tom is president and founder of California Code Check, providing building department services to government. Prior to California Code Check, Tom’s firm , Harris Engineering, was deeply involved in the inspection, assessment, and recovery from the disaster of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Tom has a deep commitment to serving and strengthening the cities and counties that he works with and where he is needed. He previously served on the SEAOSC board of directors in 1998-99. He was the SEAOC convention chair in 2006 and 2014 and continues to serve on the convention committee. Tom was named SEAOSC “ structural engineer of the year “ in 2015. He was also named Industry Member of the Year by CBOAC in 2014 and by CALBO in 2015. Tom graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
2019 Nominations Committee
Jeff Ellis, S.E., Simpson Strong-Tie; Chair
Matt Barnard, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers
Sandra Biddulph, S.E., DCI Engineers
Jeff Crosier, S.E., Miyamoto International, Inc.
Alan Hanson, Retired
Maria Mohammed, P.E., Structural Focus
Ken O’Dell, S.E., MHP, Inc. Structural Engineers
Bob Lyons, S.E., Risha Engineering Group, Inc.; Alternate/Observer
The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) is the oldest structural engineering association in the world