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Los Angeles-area, CA, April 18, 2019 ‒ Samuel Mengelkoch has been appointed President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Southern California Chapter. “The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.” Samuel Mengelkoch has been an active member since joining EERI as a graduate student in 2001.

Samuel Mengelkoch is a registered California structural engineer with over fifteen years of experience in building analysis, design, and construction administration for new, existing, and historic buildings. In addition to being a Project Manager for multiple Structural Focus projects, he is also responsible for the organization of the firm’s earthquake response program and assisted DreamWorks Animation and the City of Glendale in developing the first post-earthquake Building Occupancy Resumption Program in Southern California. Samuel’s representative projects include the Wallis Annenberg Center Goldsmith Theater, a ground-up state-of-the-art performing arts center in Beverly Hills, the renovation and seismic retrofit of the ROW DTLA Building 2 and the restoration of the Santa Monica Professional Building that is now the Landmark piece of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. In October 2005, Sam volunteered with the California Office of Emergency Services to provide structural engineering support in areas heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in and around New Orleans.