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SE3 Webinar: What Can We Learn From the 2008 Recession?
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When: Thursday, May 28, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: United States

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SE3 Webinar: What Can We Learn From the 2008 Recession?

Join SE3 for a webinar-format panel discussion on “lessons learned” from the 2008 Recession. Our panelists feature SEAONC members who were at different points in their career during the last major economic downturn in the Bay Area - from entry level to Principal -  and experienced a range of impacts on their work situations. Panelists will share stories and answer questions that are particularly relevant now, as we face the long-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the current reality of the global pandemic is in many ways unprecedented, SE3 hopes that sharing the past experiences of our community can provide help and comfort to those who have found their careers impacted, or are dealing with the uncertainty of how things will change moving forward.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • How can those seeking employment navigate a difficult economic landscape?

  • How can firms and individuals mitigate low morale, maintain employee engagement, and manage stress levels as we deal with the pressures of an uncertain economy?

  • What long term impacts has our industry experienced since 2008? What do we expect will be similar, or different, about the effects of Covid-19?



Thursday, May 28th, 12PM - 1:30PM



Bill Andrews, S.E. 

Charlotte Wong, S.E

Theresa Curtis, S.E.

Tim Hart, S.E.


Rachel Cohen

Brenna Marcoux

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Participant Biographies

Bill Andrews, PE, SE, SECB

Principal / Structures, Walter P Moore

PANELIST, Past SE3 Speed Mentor

Bill is the Managing Director of the San Francisco office of Walter P Moore. With over 30 years of experience, he has a special expertise in the design of new buildings in high seismic regions and structural and seismic evaluation of existing buildings.   Bill partners with architects and design-build contractors to deliver creative, cost-effective and constructable solutions for complex building structures. Bill has led the structural design for a variety of building types. He is passionate about integrating structure with architecture to create exceptional design.

Bill remains active in a variety of professional organizations, and previously served as a Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. He’s registered as a structural and civil engineer in California and as a Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado.

The challenges of the 2008 recession taught us some important lessons, both professionally and personally, which are relevant  today.  He looks forward to sharing these and hearing from his fellow panelists in this discussion.

Theresa Curtis, S.E.

Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti


Theresa Curtis, S.E. joined Thornton Tomasetti at the San Francisco office in 2006. She is a Vice President and leader of the firm’s structural Engineering Practice and brings extensive experience in structural analysis and design for new buildings as well as renovations and retrofits to existing structures. Her portfolio includes healthcare and education projects for private sector and local and state government clients.

Theresa is a licensed civil and structural engineer in California and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a Registered California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program Evaluator. Theresa earned her master’s in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Theresa has published multiple articles and papers throughout the course of her career.

Charlotte Wong, SE

Senior Engineer, Forell/Elsesser Engineers


As a structural engineer, Charlotte has a diverse background with expertise in healthcare and higher education projects. Prior to joining F/E, Charlotte was one of the lead engineers on the new California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, as well as the UCSC Environmental Health & Science Facility. Since joining F/E, she has served as the project manager for multiple projects, such as UC Davis Teaching and Learning Complex and Cal Maritime Mayo Hall Renovation project.  She works to provide efficient and thoughtful design on her projects. Charlotte enjoys collaboration with the design team, building owner and future tenants. Her goal is to develop creative solutions that provide excellent structural performance, yet elegant and cost effective. She is currently a Senior Engineer at Forell/Elsesser.

Charlotte received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student, she was invited to be a teaching assistant for mechanics of materials and structural analysis classes which initiated her passion for teaching and mentoring. She is also an active participant of the Engineers Alliance of the Arts program where she has been the lead volunteer instructor at a Bay Area high school class. Once a year, she volunteers at AIASF to teach structural review sessions for practicing architects to prepare for their licensing exams.

Tim Hart, SE, LEED AP

Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, Build Change


Tim Hart, SE, LEED AP, has spent the last 30 years searching for the perfect project that will teach him everything there is to know about structural engineering and building construction. He’s tried everything from anchoring laser end stations, computer racks and equipment platforms to designing fire stations, office buildings, churches, school campuses, and hospital towers, as well as retrofitting everything from unreinforced masonry buildings in San Jose to stone masonry houses in Nepal. Tim began his quest with a BS degree in architectural engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, continued that quest working at 4 different structural engineering firms, and is currently conducting his search as the lead civil and structural engineer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as the Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow for Build Change.

Along the way he served as chair of the SEAONC Construction Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Committees and has co-written 3 manuals and several papers on special inspections, confined masonry, and housing construction in developing countries. In 2008 SEAONC rewarded Tim for everything he had learned up to then by awarding him the Edwin G. Zacher Award for his service and contribution to the association, and then followed up by electing Tim to the SEAONC Board of Directors in 2010, naming him a SEAONC Fellow in 2011, and electing him SEAONC President for 2018-2019.

Even with all that, the journey continues. He looks forward to sharing his experience and lessons learned, both professional and personal, from the 2008 recession. 

Brenna Marcoux, P.E.


Brenna Marcoux is a design engineer at FTF Engineering in San Francisco. She is a licensed civil engineer in California, and earned her Bachelor’s from The George Washington University and her Master’s from UC Davis. She joined FTF in 2017, and has worked on a range of new construction and retrofit projects in high-end residential, multi-family, commercial, and aviation. Brenna joined SE3 in 2017 and worked on writing the SE3 Pay Report with data from the 2016 Survey. She was co-lead of the SE3 Mentorship sub-committee and helped start the SE3 Long-Term Mentorship program. Brenna is also involved in San Francisco’s ASCE YMF where she was on the board for the last two years. She is also a key contact with ASCE and participates in legislative advocacy for state and federal legislation. She was the 2019 Outstanding Engineer in Legislative Activities for ASCE San Francisco Section. 

Rachel Cohen, P.E.


Rachel Cohen is an engineer at Forell/Elsesser Engineers. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and is now a licensed civil engineer in California. Since joining F/E in 2017, Rachel has worked on a range of new design and retrofit projects within the higher education, healthcare, and civic sectors. Rachel joined SE3 in early 2018. She co-led the Outreach & Communications subcommittee for the 2018-2019 year before taking on the co-chair position in 2019;.


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