This is the second year of the fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a successful partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie. Complementing the Simpson Strong-Tie goal to find solutions for making structures safer and stronger, the fellowship allows engineers the opportunity to provide contributions to Build Change programs as well as support other engineers’ professional development in developing nations around the world.
“We are pleased to renew the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence with Build Change. With the positive impact to developing areas in Indonesia, Colombia and the Philippines, where our first fellow worked, we’re looking forward to the fellowship contributing even more to safer and stronger design and construction methods,” says Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering, Jeremy Gilstrap.
The fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of eight years of professional experience in structural engineering. Engineers should have experience working on earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and on existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit according to recognized standards, such as the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41, and others. Candidates will travel to, live, and work in emerging countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia for a period of one year beginning Sept. 1, 2018, and concluding Aug. 31, 2019.
James Mwangi, the 2017-2018 Fellow notes, “The fellowship offered me the opportunity to share my previous experience by working face to face with not only the Build Change technical teams, but also with local engineers in each country, to promote capacity building.”