2012 Housner Fellows

2012 Class Final Report
The Fellows reviewed the design and construction standard of practice for school buildings in Ghana, with a focus on the Accra region. This included reviews of published building codes (not yet formally adopted), studies of sample school designs to understand code implementation, and collaboration with engineers and builders in Ghana to assess construction practices and material quality. Please find the full report here.

Syed Mohammed Ali
Earthquake Engineering Centre
University of Engineering & Technology
Peshawar, Pakistan

Dr. Syed Mohammad Ali is Director of Earthquake Engineering Center (EEC) at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar Pakistan. EEC is one of the largest center in the region. Dr. Ali has been in teaching and research since 2002, he has an overall professional experience of 14 years. He received his PhD in Civil/Earthquake Engineering, M.Sc and B.Sc. form UET Peshawar. Dr. Ali has the credit to install the first seismic shake table of Pakistan in 2005. After the devastating earthquake of 2005 he prepared a proposal for federal grant worth US$8.1 million, which was approved and he is currently busy installing a very large 60-ton capacity 6DOF seismic shake table and other earthquake testing equipment in the new lab. He is supervising three PhD students related to earthquake and bridges. Dr. Ali is an expert of testing structure in field and lab; he has the credit to undertake field testing of bridges and buildings since 2003. He has delivered lectures to field engineers and professionals in Pakistan through platforms of UN. He has collaborated with EERI since 2005. Dr. Ali has been instrumental in developing international collaborations with SUNY Buffalo and California Geological Survey (CGS) for Strong Motion Instrumentation of structures for his country called “PkSMIP” which is being developed on footprints of CSMIP of CGS. He recently singed a cooperative agreement with National Center of Excellence in Geology (NCEG) a leading institution of Pakistan to jointly work towards seismic risk reduction.

Cale R. Ash
Associate Principal
Degenkolb Engineers
Seattle, Washington

Cale Ash, P.E., S.E., is an Associate Principal with Degenkolb Engineers in Seattle. He joined Degenkolb in 2003 after receiving his BSCE and MSCE degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cale’s work at Degenkolb has focused on the seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings. Notable projects include seismic rehabilitation design for four buildings at the Department of Veterans Affairs Seattle campus and a detailed seismic evaluation of the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Cale is currently the President of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and past chair of their Education & Outreach Committee. He is Vice President of the Seattle Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and chair of their Public Information Committee. He has been a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute since 2005.

Carlien D. Bou-Chedid
Structural Engineer
Ghana Institution of Engineers on the Geological Technical Committee of NADMO

Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a Structural Engineer with special interests in seismic risk reduction. Her specific areas of interest include reducing the seismic vulnerability of small non-engineered buildings in Ghana and a review of the seismic risk map for Ghana. Currently, Carlien is self employed as a Consultant with CBC Consult. From 2003 until 2010 she was the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. She has also worked for Ghana Government Consultants, the Architectural and Engineering Services Corporation. Carlien assisted in the formation of the Ghana Earthquake Society. She serves on the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Geological Technical Committee of the National Disaster Management Organisation. She holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Surrey, UK (1983) and an MSc (Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics) from Imperial College, London, UK (1999).

Danielle Hutchings Mieler
Earthquake and Hazard Program Coordinator
Association of Bay Area Governments
Oakland, California

Danielle Hutchings, P.E. is the Earthquake and Hazard Program Coordinator for the Association of Bay Area Governments. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Danielle works with local governments, earthquake professionals, businesses, and residents on hazard mitigation and long-term disaster recovery planning for the San Francisco Bay Area. She has launched a Regional Disaster Resilience Initiative, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to collaboratively develop a Bay Area Regional Disaster Resilience Action Plan focusing on recovery and restoration after major disasters. Prior to joining ABAG, Danielle spent several years at a geotechnical engineering consulting firm specializing in hazard characterization and seismic design for dams and levees.

Lindsey Maclise
Senior Engineer
Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
San Francisco, California

Lindsey Maclise is a licensed Structural Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco, CA. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently the co-chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Sustainable Design Committee and has given multiple presentations on the subject of sustainable design and the role of the structural engineer. Ms. Maclise has been a strong advocate for the integration of green design into the structural engineering field and the consideration of seismic resilience in building design. In addition, she has lectured nationally, sharing her knowledge regarding the role of the structural engineer in sustainable design, as well as written numerous reports and papers regarding her structural engineering expertise with sustainable issues.

Hassan Steven Mdala
Geological Survey Department of Malawi

Hassan is geologist with almost three years of field experience. He graduated from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2008 with a BSc in Earth Sciences majoring in Geology. In February 2009, Hassan joined the Geological Survey Department of Malawi in the Seismology Section as a Geologist. He has been working in the same department since 2009. In February 2010, Hassan co-authored a technical report on the structural and geological mapping of the Karonga Earthquakes – December, 2009. In October 2010, he co-authored a paper on the geological findings of the Active Fault Mapping of the Rukwa – Tanzania – North Malawi Region. Hassan is also a member of the Malawi Disaster Risk Management Stakeholders (MDRMS)

Vivek Rawal
People-in-Centre Consulting
Ahmedabad, India

Vivek Rawal, trained as an architect, has more than 20 years of experience of work with communities at grassroots in India on issues of social housing, sustainable technologies, participatory development processes and disaster safety. He seeks to reinforce peoples’ own abilities to cope with disasters by building upon artisanal wisdom and taking traditional practices forward through modern scientific validation. His interests include non-engineered self-built habitats of local communities, particularly with earth, bamboo and stone. He has been actively involved in reconstruction and rehabilitation after Marathwada earthquake (1993), Gujarat earthquake (2001), Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), Kashmir earthquake (2005) and Kosi floods (2008) and has provided technical services to various local, national and international agencies including various state governments, UNDP, CIDA and USAID. He founded People in Centre Consulting, a professional enterprise based in Ahmedabad, India, to provide technical services on the themes of disaster safe housing, inclusive urban development and sustainable natural resource management. He is also a founding member and current convener of Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative (ODRC), a resource network of individuals and recognized institutions, providing facilitation support to the national and state governments to undertake community led rehabilitation after disasters. Further details on his work are available at http://odr.peopleincentre.org

Kate Stillwell
Sponsorship and Strategy
GEM Foundation
Oakland, California

Kate Stillwell is a registered Structural Engineer in California, and she has practiced both independently and with firms.  Kate is a co-founder of both the GEM Foundation and the US Resiliency Council.  Kate has served on the boards of SEAONC, EERI-NC, and the USRC.  She has earned degrees from the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkley. She is based in Oakland, CA.