2014 Annual General Meeting Keynote Presentation: Developing the Next Generation of Structural Engineers

Date: March 29, 2014

Presenter: Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE (IL), CE (UK), F. ASCE, F. SEI, F. IStructE, CEO Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Glenn R. Bell has been with Simpson Gumpertz and Heger since 1975, starting as a design structural engineer and assuming his current role as CEO in 1995. As a structural engineer, Glenn has had responsibility for major design works such as SpaceShip Earth, the geodesic sphere at Walt Disney World Epcot Center, and the Aga Khan Medical Complex in Karachi Pakistan. Glenn also has led major structural failure investigations such as the walkways collapse at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency and served as an adviser to SGH’s team that investigated the 9/11 WTC 1 & 2 Tower Collapses for NIST.

In his keynote address, Glen touched on many issues, including the challenges of globalization, energy and sustainability, overspecialization and fragmentation of the AEC industry, and the dizzying pace of knowledge creation and dissemination. The future promises unprecedented opportunity and challenge in the structural engineering community.

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