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2018-2019 Nominees

Matthew Barnard, S.E. 5087
Principal – Degenkolb Engineers

Matt Barnard is a Principal in the Los Angeles office of Degenkolb Engineers. Matt has a M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in California. His 17+ years of experience at Degenkolb includes new design, alternations, tenant improvements and retrofits for healthcare, higher education, and civic facilities. Matt is a Los Angeles Affiliate Board Member and active mentor of ACE Mentoring and was named an National Outstanding Mentor in 2015. Matt is also a member of the national Guidelines Committee for the Council of American Structural Engineers, a past member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the US Resiliency Council, and is currently serving on the advisory committee for the City of LA’s Building Forward LA initiative. He is a disaster service worker volunteer through the California OES Safety Assessment Program and was deployed to St. Bernard Parish following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Matt also occasionally serves as a member of the part-time faculty for California State University, Fullerton.

Wayne Chang, S.E.
Principal, Structural Focus

Since joining Structural Focus in 2002, Wayne has been a keystone of the management team. He manages a diverse portfolio of projects including the design of new studio production facilities, tenant improvements for various creative offices, renovation and strengthening of historic buildings and evaluations and repairs of industrial buildings. Distinguished projects include Google Los Angeles Headquarters, YouTube Space LA, Hotel Shangri-LA, Sony Pictures Akio Morita Building and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Wallis has gained national recognition by winning an Engineering News Record Best of the Best Award in 2014 and a National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in 2015. Wayne received his M.Eng. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. 

Annie Kao, P.E.
Senior Field Engineer, Simpson Strong-Tie

Annie Kao, P.E. is a senior field engineer for Simpson Strong-Tie, where she has been connecting with and educating engineers, architects, building officials, and contractors on design and product solutions for residential and commercial construction for over 11 years. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie, she worked as a structural engineering consultant for retail, hospital, school and multi-family projects. She frequently speaks at regional, state and national conferences on innovative structural engineering product solutions and communication skills for engineers. Annie served as co-chair for the SEAOSC (Structural Engineers Association of Southern California) Strengthening Our Cities Summit, an annual event to promote community earthquake resiliency in Southern California, and is currently serving on the SEAOSC Image & PR Committee and NCSEA Communications and SE3 committees. She is a registered professional engineer in California and earned her B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and her M.S. from UC Berkeley.

Garrett Mills, S.E.
Principal, Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers

Garrett Mills was educated at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering with minors in Spanish and Ethnic Studies. Just prior to graduation, Garrett started his ascent through the ranks at Taylor & Syfan, starting out as a project engineer in the Central Coast office. Garrett moved to Southern California in 2005 to strengthen the Pasadena office team and was subsequently asked to become the Chief Engineer of Los Angeles operations and a principal in the firm. Today Garrett is an acting Chief Financial Officer and oversees the majority of the firm’s work in Southern California. While managing operations in Southern California, Garrett recently completed the Master’s degree program at the University of California Los Angeles with an emphasis on non-ductile concrete structures and performance-based design. Garrett has a strong commitment to community service and has traveled to Haiti on multiple occasions with eMi (Engineering Ministries International) where he has both designed several dozen structures for community development organizations and assessed the level of damage to several structures affected by the 2010 earthquake.

Bryan Seamer S.E.
Associate Principal, Managing Director, Structural Engineering LPA, Inc.

Bryan Seamer is the Managing Director of Structural Engineering at LPA Inc., an integrated design firm with offices in California and Texas that specializes in creating innovative, sustainable environments that work better, do more with less and improve people’s lives. Seamer joined LPA in 2013 and has focused on the practice and processes of integrating structural, architectural and MEP building systems into elegant holistic design solutions. His progressive designs for education, healthcare, governmental and commercial structures of all sizes are regularly recognized by his peers including garnering multiple engineering design awards from such organizations as SEAOSC, NCSEA, and AISC.


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