Beyond Distant Horizons
34th Annual Structural Forum
San Luis Obispo, California
03 February 2024
Structural Forum is a full-day event, hosted by the Cal Poly SEAOC and AEI student chapter annually to connect structural engineering professionals and students. The event includes two portions, occurring in the 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 Madonna Inn Expo Center, consists of a resume-free career fair followed by a three-course dinner banquet and keynote speaker. Structural Forum provides students a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the structural engineering field and companies with the chance to promote their firms and recruit aspiring students.
Thank you to the following distinguished industry professionals:
Luis Felipe Lopex, PE
Luis Felipe Lopez is a Civil Engineer with a degree from the Colombian National University and holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from Los Andes University, Colombia. He currently serves as the Head of Technology at Base Bahay Foundation Inc., a Philippine-based organization supported by the Hilti Foundation. The foundation's mission is to provide affordable housing solutions in the Philippines. To date, Base has successfully constructed 1,500 homes in the Philippines and 300 in Nepal. In addition to his role at Base Bahay Foundation, he also serves as the Director of the Base Innovation Center, a materials and structures laboratory dedicated to researching sustainable alternatives for social housing.
The Base Innovation Center collaborates closely with seven universities in the Philippines and seven international universities. He has contributed as one of the authors of the Colombian Bamboo Structural Design Code NSR-10. He has also been actively involved in the development of bamboo codes in Peru, Ecuador, and the Philippines. Currently, he represents Colombia in the ISO Committee TC 165, which focuses on timber and bamboo structures. His diligent efforts were instrumental in updating the ISO 22156 & "Bamboo Structural Design" standard, which was published in June 2021.
Patrick Ole Ohlbrock
Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto, SE, CEO
Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto, SE, Global CEO of Miyamoto International, built a worldwide engineering firm from a local, five-man engineering practice into 30 locations on four continents with one purpose: to make the world a better, safer place. Its purpose-driven mission drives the growth of the company.
Dr. Miyamoto is a world-renowned expert in disaster resiliency, response and reconstruction. He provides expert engineering and policy consultation to the World Bank, USAID, UN agencies, governments, and major corporations. He is also a California Seismic Safety Commissioner.
Dr. Miyamoto holds advance degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. His team won the Engineering News-Record’s “Best Global Project” award unprecedent five times and the U.S. Presidential “E” award. Major media such as CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Al Jazeera, LA Times, NY Times, Times, and Rolling Stone have profiled him. He was also featured in the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit at the National Building Museum in DC.