Speaker Bios

 

scott bondiScott Bondi, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Scott Bondi has extensive experience in building enclosure design, specializing in building science and numerical analysis. Scott consults on both new construction and historic renovation projects from conceptual design through construction administration, applying his specific expertise in curtain wall and custom glazing systems. In addition, he is experienced in providing forensic engineering services and expert witness support for building enclosure and mechanical systems. Scott uses a variety of advanced tools, including computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, to support his design and investigative work. Scott is an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union, where he has lectured and developed courses in finite element techniques, computational fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics since 2007.
 

keith davisKevin Davis, PMP
Project Engineer, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Kevin Davis is a Project Engineer at Con Edison. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. in finance and management from the University of Connecticut. In his ten-year career since joining Con Edison, Kevin has worked in support of substations, electric transmission and distribution systems, steam generating stations, and natural gas infrastructure. He served as the lead project engineer for the Con Edison storm hardening effort for substations and steam stations following the impact caused by Hurricane Sandy. Following successful completion of the storm hardening program in 2016, Kevin shifted his focus to a portfolio of projects to upgrade natural gas facilities and electric transmission infrastructure.
 

doug fee

Douglas Fee, P.E.
Vice President of Asset Quality, UDR
Douglas Fee is Vice President of Asset Quality for UDR, Inc., a leading multifamily real estate investment trust with more than 50,000 homes across the United States. He is responsible for planning and managing capital improvements at all UDR properties throughout the country. Many of these capital improvements focus on modernizing older buildings and building systems to better perform in today’s changing environment. Doug holds a B.S. in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an M.E. in civil engineering from the University of Florida.
 

robert freudenbergRobert Freudenberg
Vice President, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Association
Robert Freudenberg is Vice President of the Regional Plan Association’s (RPA's) energy and environmental programs and leads the organization’s initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation, and park development. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainability, and climate resilience in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to joining RPA in 2006, Rob served as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration coastal management fellow with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Rob holds a master’s degree in public administration and environmental science and policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
 

konstantinos garcia syngrosKonstantinos Garcia-Syngros, Ph.D., P.E. 
Senior Project Manager, Langan
Konstantinos Garcia-Syngros is a Senior Project Manager in Langan’s New York office whose expertise lies in geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil-foundation-structure interaction. He has more than fifteen years of experience in subsurface explorations, foundation engineering and foundation construction inspections, numerical modeling, and seismic hazard assessments. Konstantinos is part of the New York City 2020 Building Code committee and Panel 12 for Performance-Based Design. He is an adjunct professor in the City College of New York Civil Engineering department, teaching earthquake engineering and advanced foundation engineering, and a guest lecturer at Columbia University, teaching design of large-scale deep foundation systems. Konstantinos holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the City University of New York and an M.S. in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and California.
 

qianru guoQianru Guo, Ph.D., P.E.
Consulting Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Qianru Guo is an integral member of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Fire Engineering practice group, bringing a wealth of experience in life and fire safety code consulting, fire and egress modelling, structural finite element analysis, and seismic probabilistic risk assessment. She has a passion for structural fire engineering analysis, especially for reliability-based analysis on structural response under fire events. Qianru is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
 

dave jacobyDavid J. Jacoby, P.E., LEED AP
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
David Jacoby leads Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Fire Engineering practice and has extensive experience in fire protection engineering. He has worked on a broad range of projects, from historic preservation and adaptive reuse to campus and city planning. His work also includes large assembly occupancies, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, mixed-use high-rise facilities, airports, hospitals, federal courthouses, office buildings, casinos, and residential facilities. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a past president of the New York City Metropolitan Chapter of SFPE.
 

filippo masettiFilippo Masetti, P.E.
Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Filippo Masetti has overseen design, investigation, strengthening, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, masonry, fiber-reinforced-polymer, and wood structures. He has published articles and lectured at conferences and universities on these and related topics. Filippo specializes in load-testing of existing structures and is an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 437 on Strength Evaluation of Existing Concrete Buildings. He has participated in the assessment and rehabilitation of numerous timber structures, including long-span trusses.
 

ricardo medinaRicardo A. Medina, Ph.D., P.E.
Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Ricardo Medina is an expert in the field of structural mechanics who specializes in earthquake engineering and multi-hazard evaluation to assist clients with issues related to risk and resilience assessment. He recently served as an associate professor in the University of New Hampshire's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he pursued research interests in structural engineering; structural dynamics; earthquake engineering; performance-based design of structural and nonstructural components; risk assessment of infrastructure and nuclear casks during transportation; collapse assessment of structures; and hybrid, fatigue, and shake table testing. Ricardo has been actively involved in the development of national and international standards for the seismic design of nonstructural components in buildings, as well as resilience-based design standards. Ricardo has served as a consultant on multiple projects related to the seismic and wind analysis of structures, systems, and components of nuclear power plants in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division – Risk and Resilience Measurements Committee.
 

guy nordensenGuy Nordenson, P.E.
Partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates
Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. His recent projects include the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; the Menil Drawing Center in Houston, TX; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Since 2008, he has led research projects on coastal resilience and climate adaptation and co-written three books on the subject: On the Water | Palisade Bay (2010), Structures of Coastal Resilience (2018), and Four Corridors (2019). Guy has co-curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, including “Tall Building” (2004) and “Rising Currents” (2010). From 2006 to 2015, he was commissioner of the New York City Public Design Commission and is currently a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change.
 

federico patronoFederico Patrono
Design Department Manager of Bleu Tech, Permasteelisa North America
Federico Patrono is a structural engineer with extensive experience in bomb blast-resistant facades and dynamic analysis. After receiving his master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Trieste in Italy, he joined Permasteelisa Group in 2007. He transferred to Permasteelisa North America in 2011 and worked on a number of significant projects in the Northeast, including World Trade Center Tower 3 and One Vanderbilt. In 2018, Federico was promoted to his current role of Design Department Manager for Permasteelisa North America’s Canada division.
 

kevin poulinKevin Poulin, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Kevin Poulin brings a deep understanding of structural design to his projects, which involve renovating existing buildings; designing new buildings; and conducting structural peer reviews, condition assessments, and feasibility studies. He is passionate about the restoration and adaptive reuse of existing buildings as a means to preserve the rich architectural history of New York City, as seen through his signature work on numerous New York City landmarks. He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York. 
 

cheryl saldanhaCheryl M. Saldanha, P.E., CPHD
Senior Consulting Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Cheryl Saldanha specializes in designing and evaluating building enclosures. She also works on projects involving investigations and renovations to building enclosure systems. Her background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components. She is adept at using multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analyses of building details, and whole-building energy and daylighting analyses. Cheryl is a Certified Passive House Designer from the Passive House Institute.
 

jeremy alain siegelJeremy Alain Siegel, AICP 
Associate, BIG
Jeremy Alain Siegel has worked with Bjarke Ingels and BIG since the establishment of the New York office in 2010, bringing a focus on issues of urbanism, landscape, infrastructure, and climate change adaptation. Jeremy led the BIG team in its winning "Big U" proposal for the federal Rebuild by Design competition, and now leads the urban design of the subsequent East Side Coastal Resiliency project, as well as the studio's broader resiliency efforts for public and institutional clients, including the City of New York, UN-Habitat, Rockefeller Foundation, and Google. Jeremy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Forefront Fellow with the Urban Design Forum, and a 2017 Fellow with IdeasCity Arles. He has taught at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Parsons School of Constructed Environments. 
 

nate smithNathaniel Smith, P.E.
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Nathaniel Smith has extensive engineering experience involving structural design, building damage and collapse investigation, repair and rehabilitation projects, and foundation installation monitoring. His background in geotechnical engineering and understanding of soil and foundation types help him perform structural evaluations of existing buildings and investigations of structural damage and collapse. He also draws from his experience as a full-time field engineer in his design and investigation projects. Nate has worked on numerous projects related to the effects of construction on adjacent structures including pre-construction mitigation and risk assessment, damage assessment, and design of repairs, and has given numerous presentations on the subject.
 

eric wilsonEric Wilson
Deputy Director, Land Use & Buildings, New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
Eric Wilson manages climate adaptation programs in land use and buildings for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR). He oversees a team of architects, urban planners, and policy experts working to identify fiscally responsible and socially equitable approaches to the climate challenges facing New York City’s building stock and neighborhoods. He and his team coordinate with individuals; households; communities; and local, state, and federal agencies to get ready for New York City’s climate vulnerabilities, including sea level rise, extreme heat, and powerful storms. MOR leads New York City’s efforts to ensure all New Yorkers thrive in the face of the multiple and compound impacts of climate change today and into the future through science-based analysis, policy development, capacity building, and robust engagement.