Team

Officers

Eileen Ho

President
4th Year Undergraduate
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President of EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA and student engineer focused on expanding professional, academic, and peer resources for the civil engineering student body at UCLA.

Amber Sutherland

Vice President
First Year Masters
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After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and gaining experience as a design engineer for a year, Amber decided to pursue a Master’s in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. What she enjoys most about structural engineering is the challenge. There are always problems to solve and work around, whether it be a small task or a large-scale endeavor. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling and being with friends and loved ones.

Ray Abbiatici

Professional Outreach Director
First Year Masters
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Ray is a first year masters student with interests in Performance Based Design, and Design for Constructability. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 2017, and has served as an engineering designer for Design-Build projects in New York State ever since.

Michael Weyant

Conference Director
First Year PhD
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I graduated UCLA in both '18 (B.S.) and '19 (M.S.) with degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a focus in structures and transportation. During that time, I had many valuable experiences with the ASCE, ITE, & EERI student orgs, and I'm really excited to be joining the EERI board again as Conference Director. I've worked as a Bridge Engineer at HNTB the past couple of years, but I am now back at UCLA as a PhD student since I really missed teaching fellow students and having the ability to explore solutions through research. In my free time, I like to cook, go on hikes, play guitar, and spend quality time with friends.

Kaiji Liang

External Affairs Director
First Year Masters
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I graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in structural engineering. In the past two years, I had the opportunity to participate in various projects, from large-scale retaining walls to custom home remodels and multi-story wood residential buildings. I have always wanted to return to the academic world as it's a place that embraces innovations and urges one to dive deeper into solving problems. I'm delighted to be back to continue my education here at UCLA and serve as the EERI External Affairs Director.

Elitsa (Ellie) Vutova

SEAOSC Liaison
1st year Masters
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In my professional career, I am passionate about improving the diversity and sustainability within our industry. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes, tending to my growing indoor garden and meeting new people!

Tricia Jain

Secretary and Media Director
2nd Year Undergraduate
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I am a second year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an interest in structural and earthquake engineering. During my first year at UCLA, I had to opportunity to support multiple projects within the Burton Research Group as well as intern at the GIRS-NHR3. I am privileged to serve as Secretary and Media Director for EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA, and hope to cultivate strong communication between our chapter leadership and the greater civil engineering student body.

Jamie Santosa

Treasurer
Second Year Undergraduate
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I am pursuing my Civil Engineering degree at UCLA with a focus in structures. So far I have been in ASCE and EERI, which has given me amazing exposure to both research and industry. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Myers & Sons Construction and I learned so much from that valuable experience. Now I am refreshed and excited to jump into my engineering classes and continue learning at UCLA and as the EERI treasurer.

Dominick Rosenthal

Professional Outreach Intern
Second Year Undergraduate
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I am a Civil & Environmental Engineering undergraduate, studying at the University of California, Los Angeles. I have always had a strong interest in the built environment and its influence on how we experience the world around us. I am currently exploring the vast array of careers within the built environment sector and seeking any opportunities in which I may gain exposure to further areas of civil engineering and related fields.

Advisors

Abhimanyu Singh

Graduate Advisor
1st Year Masters
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I am a currently a 1st-year Masters student pursuing Structural/Earthquake Engineering at UCLA. During my undergraduate journey, I worked on projects within Prof. John Wallace's research group and gained experience in digital image correlation and lab testing for wind loading on concrete coupling beams. I am currently studying the impact of Fiber Reinforced Concrete on shear strength of coupling beams and working as an Graduate Research Assistant at the Structural and Earthquake Testing lab at UCLA. Further, I am the graduate advisor of the EERI-SEAOSC student chapter at UCLA and am leading several initiatives to improve student engagement in research, outreach, and professional community in California.

Professor Henry V. Burton

Faculty Advisor
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Dr. Henry V. Burton is an Associate Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches the Advanced Structural Analysis, Structural Reliability, Nonlinear Structural Analysis and Structural Testing and Design courses at UCLA. His research is directed towards understanding and modeling the relationship between the performance of built infrastructure systems, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of sociotechnical disruption following natural hazard events. Dr. Burton is a registered structural engineer in the state of California. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, he spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers, where he worked on numerous projects involving design of new buildings and seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship (2014) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016).