Committee Member Bios


Dave DeLong, S.E., LEED AP

Employer: IC Design Services, Indianapolis, IN

Interest Areas: Designing structures at the building envelope to be more thermally efficient to reduce environmental impacts, generating practical sustainable design standards for the structural engineering community, committee presentations / outreach... and craft beer!
Erica C. Fischer, P.E., Ph.D.

Employer: Degenkolb Engineers

Interest Areas: Dr. Fischer is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington Sustainability Committee and chairs the Disaster Resilience Working Group for the ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee and is a member of their Steering Committee. Dr. Fischer has been researching methods for incorporating building fires into life cycle assessment evaluations and comparing disaster resilience and hazard mitigation methodologies of developed and developing countries. Dr. Fischer is an advocate of disaster resiliency and structural engineers taking an active role in designing a sustainable built environment.

Mark D. Webster, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA

Interest Areas: Reducing environmental impacts of building structural systems with an emphasis on addressing climate change, which poses a grave threat to the world as we know it. Particular interests include building and material reuse, design for adaptability and deconstruction, and life-cycle assessment.
Laura K. Dolak, S.E., LEED AP BD+C

Employer: WSP, Chicago, IL

Interest Areas: Thermal bridge mitigation, infrared imaging, energy modeling, life-cycle analysis, green office operations, website maintenance, welding.
Lauren Wingo

Employer: Arup, Washington, DC

Interest Areas: Incorporating whole building life cycle assessment into the structural design process in order to reduce the overall embodied environmental impact of a building. Structural design of cross-laminated timber as a sustainable alternative to conventional structural materials.
Megan Stringer, S.E., LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Holmes Structures, SanFrancisco, CA

Interest Areas: Quantify and reducing the environmental impacts of structural systems, disaster resiliency, and passive design strategies. Educating the building industry on the role structural engineers have on shaping the built environment.
Lori Koch, PE

Employer: American Wood Council, Leesburg, VA

Interest Areas: Educating engineers and design professionals on the benefits of using wood as part of safe and sustainable structures.
Jennifer Righman McConnell, Ph.D.

Employer: University of Delaware

Interest Areas: Sustainable infrastructure, aging infrastructure, steel reuse, sustainability education.
Margherita Pongiglione, Arch., Ph.D Candidate in Structural Engineering

Employer: University of Genoa, Italy

Interest Areas: Designing structures for disassembly to be reusable and adaptable to amortize their life cycle impacts; seismic-design of steel connections to improve their resilience and reparability.
Chris Horiuchi, P.E.

Employer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA

Interest Areas: Promoting awareness of sustainable practices among structural engineers; researching and developing more resilient structural systems.
Frances Yang, S.E., LEED AP

Employer: Arup, San Francisco, CA

Interest Areas: Embodied carbon, life-cycle assessment, integrated design where structure enables reductions in energy use, LEED and other green building rating systems, healthier building materials.
Erika Winters Downey, SE, LEED AP BD+C

Employer: American Institute of Steel Construction

Interest Areas: Whole Building LCA, green rating systems/standards/codes as they relate to the structural steel industry, potential for structural material reuse.
Ken Maschke, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

Employer: Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago

Interest Areas: Material and building reuse. I work in my company's Renewal practice, which focuses on repair and renovation of existing buildings from all eras.
Mehrshad Ketabdar, SE, PE, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Utility

Interest Areas: Seismic Design, Sustainability Design, Nonlinear Finite Element and thermal analysis, and Gas Pipeline Design
Greg Holbrook, E.I.T.

Employer: CDM Smith, Pittsburgh, PA

Interest Areas: Reducing the overall environmental impact of building systems, specifically by minimizing thermal bridging. Increasing awareness and knowledge of working professional engineers of methods to reduce thermal loss through the building envelope. I also enjoy being involved with social and technical ASCE events, running, and spending time outdoors.
Adam Slivers, S.E.

Employer: Lund Opsahl, Seattle, WA

Interest Areas: Quantifying and reducing embodied impacts through life-cycle assessment; Carbon footprint reduction strategies such as performance-based concrete specifications and use of mass timber; composite concrete and timber floors; post-tensioned lateral systems, micro-piles and pin pile foundations, historic building renovation;
Carl Kloos, S.E., LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Kurt Fischer Structural Engineering, Portland, OR

Interest Areas: Preservation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially as it relates to seismic resiliency and sustainability. Encouraging greater collaboration of structural engineers in project sustainability decisions. I also enjoy time with my family and mountain biking.
Russel Miller-Johnson

Employer: Engineering Ventures, PC

Interest Areas: Lowering the footprint of new and preserved buildings by implementing and sharing innovative approaches to design and material use, especially building energy reduction measures; formal and informal Life-Cycle Assessment; beauty in the environment; fostering growth in family, community, and work spheres.
Lionel Lemay, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

Employer: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)

Interest Areas: Cost effective, durable and sustainable concrete building solutions. Life cycle assessment of building products and structures. High performance concrete, performance based specifications and innovative concrete solutions for building construction.
Kelly Roberts, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Walter P. Moore, Atlanta, GA

Interest Areas: Kelly is a Principal and Project Manager in Walter P Moore’s Atlanta office with structural design experience ranging from educational and healthcare facilities to international high-rise office towers.  She leads WPM’s Sustainable Design Community of Practice for the structures group; specializing in whole building life cycle assessment, embodied carbon studies, and the use of sustainable and salvaged materials.  She is a founding board member of the Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, a non-profit material reuse center focused on the deconstruction and salvage of usable building materials.
Sally Gimbert Carter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Employer: Michael Hennessey Architecture, San Francisco, CA

Interest Areas: Although Sal currently works as a Project Architect, she has over seven years experience as a structural engineering professional. Sal has worked on a variety of building typologies - healthcare, high-rise, aviation small commercial and high-end residential. While serving on the SEI Sustainability Committee, her efforts have been focused on disaster resilience and climate change adaption strategies, including the study and comparison of resiliency policy, protocol and procedure across developed and developing countries. Sal is highly motivated to promote and identify key synergies between the built and the natural environment, as is recognizable through her love of alternative materials, approaches and vernacular design. She also has keen passion toward sustainability and its ability to employee critical thinking in engineering education. Her expertise has been applicable on various humanitarian volunteer efforts, most notably her engineering leadership while at HOK on USGBC’s William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center, a Clinton Global Initiative project in Haiti. Sal holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
Teresa C. Vangeli, PE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV-SP

Employer: WSP, Boston, MA

Interest Areas: Designing structures for disaster resiliency as well as sustainability, exploring ways of extending the life of infrastructure and re-using existing structures as well as exploring sustainable alternatives to structural materials, re-using materials from de-constructed facilities.
An advocate that all projects can be sustainable.  
Joseph Arehart

Employer: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Interest Areas: Lifecycle assessments, embodied carbon, infrastructure materials, understanding the carbon sequestration potential of the built environment, mentoring university students in the design and construction of footbridges in developing communities. 
Gary Ehrlich

Employer: National Association of Home Builders, Washington D.C.

Gary Ehrlich is one of NAHB’s two Directors for Codes & Standards. His responsibilities include advocating for NAHB’s members on structural issues at the ICC’s code development hearings and on a variety of standards development committees in the structural arena. Prior to joining NAHB in 2006, he worked 12 years as a structural engineer. Projects included light commercial, retail, multifamily and senior housing, mostly in the Washington D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. He also has experience acting as a third-party plan reviewer for projects in Arizona and Seattle. Among his activities in the building codes and standards arena, Mr. Ehrlich is a member of the ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction committees, the American Wood Council’s Wood Design Standards Committee, and the NIST Community Resilience Panel. Mr. Ehrlich worked closely with the ICC’s Ad Hoc Wall Bracing Committee and currently serves on the ICC’s Building Code Action Committee. Mr. Ehrlich is also staff liaison to NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee, which is charged with conducting codes and standards research on behalf of NAHB’s Construction, Codes & Standards Committee. He assists the Subcommittee in its efforts to identify, prioritize, and develop research projects and budgets and in overseeing the Home Innovation Research Labs and others conducting research on behalf of the Subcommittee. Mr. Ehrlich is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland.
Michael C. Gryniuk, P.E.

Employer: LeMessurier, Boston, MA Interest Areas: Quantifying and reducing the embodied carbon impact of building systems; use of alternate building materials, educating Owners on the value of embodied carbon reductions; life-cycle assessment, timber structures.
Anthony B. Court, SE, SEAOC Fellow

Employer: A. B. Court & Associates, San Diego, CA Interest Areas: Seismic resilience as a sustainable design strategy, comparative LCA of alternative structural/seismic designs, seismic retrofit and adaptive reuse of existing buildings as a sustainable alternative to demolition and new construction, mass timber and higher rise wood construction, structural design and material selection to reduce carbon emissions, efficient use of structural materials as a sustainable design strategy --- less is more.

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