Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellow – Apply by July 18, 2018

Build Change, with the generous support of Simpson Strong-Tie, has established the Simpson Strong-
Tie® Fellowship for Engineering Excellence program. Complementing the Simpson Strong-Tie goal to find
solutions for structures to make them safer and stronger, this fellowship will allow innovative engineers
the opportunity to provide impactful contributions to important programs for housing and schools
around the world, working directly with Build Change for a period of one year. In turn, the fellowship
program will contribute to Build Change’s work, providing support from experienced and innovative
engineering professionals who can apply their knowledge and judgment to the unique contexts in which
Build Change works, while synthesizing local and contextual information. This is the second year of the
Fellowship program; one fellow will be selected.

Founded in 2004, Build Change is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in
earthquakes and hurricanes. Build Change designs disaster-resistant houses and schools, trains
homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them, works with governments to
develop and implement building standards, partners with the private sector to improve the quality of
building materials and create jobs, and facilitates access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction
and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs.
More than 39,000 people have been trained in disaster-resistant design and construction techniques
and have built over 58,000 safer buildings, impacting an estimated 304,440 people. Visit and follow us on Twitter @BuildChange or on Facebook.
For more than 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has dedicated itself to creating structural products that help
people build safer, stronger homes and buildings. Considered an industry leader in structural systems
research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with construction professionals to
provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Our engineered structural
products and systems are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic
forces. They include structural connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force resisting systems,
anchors and product solutions for repairing, protecting and strengthening concrete. From product
development and testing to training and engineering and field support, Simpson Strong-Tie is committed
to helping customers succeed. For more information, visit and follow us on,, YouTube and LinkedIn.


The Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellow (“Fellow”) will be a key supplement to the Build
Change Engineering Program by providing expertise and mentorship to programs, staff and projects
globally. The Fellow will work directly with the engineering teams composed of national and
international staff, travel to program offices, and apply her or his experience and knowledge in
structural engineering to new contexts and systems that may not already have well-established
standards. It is anticipated that the Fellow will work within two to four different programs throughout
the year. The projects and staff that the Fellow will support will focus on implementation and
development of disaster-resistant designs and standards for retrofit and new construction of locally
appropriate housing and schools. Illustrative examples include post-earthquake and post-hurricane
housing reconstruction in Nepal and the Caribbean, respectively, a school safety improvement
program in Indonesia, and pre-disaster risk mitigation through retrofitting informal housing in Latin
American cities.

The Fellow will help improve the development and sharing of Engineering Program knowledge and
resources across country programs over the course of the year. S/he will also have the opportunity to
learn about and understand different cultures and program contexts while working in a collaborative
and diverse environment.

The Fellow will report to Build Change’s Director of Engineering and will participate in a short
orientation period prior to joining a country program abroad. The Fellow is required to provide
monthly updates, quarterly blog posts for the Simpson Strong-Tie SE Blog for structural engineers, as
well as contribute to quarterly, mid-term and final reports for the Fellowship.

We are seeking exceptionally competent engineer applicants who are passionate about reducing risk in
some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, and sharing knowledge and expertise with coworkers
and partners.
• A completed university degree in a civil or structural engineering discipline from an accredited
college or university.
• A Professional or Structural Engineering license (or equivalent) in civil (structural) engineering.
• A minimum of 8 years’ professional experience in structural engineering in a country with wellestablished
building code adoption and enforcement. Additional experience in designing and
supervising construction of disaster-resistant buildings in a developing country is a strong plus.
• Work experience in earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings.
• Engineering work experience in existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit
according to recognized standards, such as ASCE 41. (Experience in performance-based design is
a plus.)
• Experience using international building codes and guidelines, including the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41,
Interpersonal and Communication
• Strong sense of obligation and responsibility to support and help others through the sharing of
knowledge and experience. Previous mentoring experience a plus.
• Desire to learn and understand different cultures and program contexts, and work in a
collaborative and diverse environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, taking cultural norms into account, verbally and in writing.
• Drama-free, optimistic, flexible, humble, patient, no ego, and a good sense of humor.
• Fluent in English.
• Valid passport for the fellowship duration.
• Willingness to travel to, live and work in emerging countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and
South and Southeast Asia.

Please visit and click on the link for the Fellowship.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and one professional letter of reference.
Applications will be accepted through July 18, 2018. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by July 31, 2018. No calls please.

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