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GLENN BELL, PE, SE, CEng, F.SEI, F.ASCE, FIStructE

Glenn is senior principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), a large and diverse consulting firm focused on the design, evaluation, rehabilitation and research in the built environment.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley, he began his career at SGH in 1975 and was the company’s CEO from 1995 through 2016.

Glenn’s experience in structural design and rehabilitation includes conventional buildings as well as geodesic domes, radio telescopes, cold-weather installations and other structures involving new and advanced materials and engineering approaches.  He is an acknowledged expert in diagnosing structural distress and failure and believes that it is essential that we learn from failures and near misses to improve the practice.

Glenn is committed to advancing the profession of structural engineering to help society meet its grand challenges. He is a strong advocate of innovation; the integration of practice, education, and research; preparing the next generation of structural engineers; and global interoperability.

Glenn is president-elect of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a trustee of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK. He lectures regularly at universities, has served on five academic advisory boards and is the Galletly-Dickson Visiting Scholar in Structural Engineering and Architecture at the University of Bath in the UK.

Among Glenn’s numerous awards and recognitions are the 2019 Dennis L. Tewksbury Award of SEI; the 2018 President’s Award of SEI; and the 2014 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award of ASCE. He was Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecturer at Lehigh University in 2015.