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Speaker Biography: Chris Poland

Chris Poland Chris Poland

Conference Chair
President & CEO
Degenkolb Engineers

Chris’ career with Degenkolb began as a summer intern and has led to his current position as Chairman, President & CEO. Under his leadership, Degenkolb has grown 400% through deliberate, strategic planning and consistent operations. His 30 years of professional experience include projects of all construction types—including new design, seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, and historic preservation. Taking an active role in advancing the practice of structural engineering through public advocacy, Chris participates in key professional associations, regularly publishes technical papers, and presents his findings in professional forums.

In addition to proactively guiding federal legislation, Chris routinely develops federal documents and national standards related to earthquake engineering. He has participated in research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Service, the National Institute of Standards/Technology (NIST), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most recently, Chris is a key investigative team member in an award winning FEMA-funded study that reveals the benefits of seismic design in protecting buildings from the effects of terrorist bombings (FEMA 439).

Chris is the chairman of the Strong Motion Advisory Committee—Strong Motion Instrumentation Program for the California Seismic Safety Commission, as well as chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Structural Safety.

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