Board of Directors

 

PRESIDENT:  Chi-Hsin Shao

(415) 392-9688

CHS Consulting Group, Principal

Mr. Shao has over 24 years of transportation planning and engineering experience. He has a Master degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from Stanford University Civil Engineering Department and a Bachelor degree in Architecture from Chung Yuan University in Taiwan. Mr. Shao has served as a senior manager for both consulting firms and public agencies in the past 15 years. His private consulting experience includes office management, project management, and marketing. He has a proven track record of managing highly profitable offices. He also has a strong client base in both public and private sectors. His public sector experience includes development and implementation of key public policies as well as management of large-scale corridor studies.

Mr. Shao has worked for U.S. clients in both public and private sectors as well as international clients in Taiwan and the Philippines. Mr. Shao is active in several professional and civic organizations. He is presently a board member of Yerba Buena Alliance, Piedmont Asian American Club, and Organization of Chinese Americans – East Bay. He is also a member of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and San Francisco Planning and Urban Research. He has served as the program chair of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC), past chair of the Transportation Technical Group for ASCE Golden Gate Section, and past program chair for America Planning Association San Francisco Chapter. Previously positions held by Mr. Shao include:

  • Korve Engineering, Inc., Vice President and Office Manager of San Francisco and Oakland Offices
  • Cambridge Systematics, Principal
  • Boston Transportation Department, Deputy Commissioner of Policy and Planning
  • San Francisco Planning Department, Head of Transportation Section


VICE-PRESIDENT:  Gary Gee

(415) 863-8881

Gary Gee Architects, Inc., President

Gary Gee is the founder and principal of the architectural firm Gary Gee Architects, Inc. The firm specializes in mixed-use urban in-fill projects. Building types include multi-family housing, renovation of existing residential and commercial buildings. Commercial projects include new offices, retail, restaurants, specialty food markets and wholesale showrooms. Residential projects include new construction of high rise housing, residential lofts, elderly housing, and single room occupancy (SRO) units.

Professional affiliations: American Institute of Architects; State Park and Recreation Commission, Past Commissioner; Angel Island Immigration Station, Past Board of Director; Asian American Architects and Engineers, Director; Council of Asian American Business Association, Member; Residential Builders Association; SPUR, Former Board Member.



SECRETARY & TREASURER: Dennis Wong

(415) 777-2166

AGS, Inc., Senior Principal

AGS is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm providing services in geotechnical/hazmat, civil/structural engineering, and construction management. Prior to joining AGS, Mr. Wong was a Project Engineer for Cambridge CM, Inc. in Palo Alto. Mr. Wong holds a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University, and he holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University. His involvement in other associations include: a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) for the Stanford Chapter, and Vice President / Publicity Chair for the Brown University Chinese Students Association. His ethnicity is Chinese-American and he is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area.



MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Ben Au

 

(415) 693-1600

 

Holmes Structures, Principal

 

Ben Au is a licensed structural engineer (SE) and Principal at San Francisco based Holmes Structures.  Holmes Structures provides structural engineering services for new buildings, marine structures, and seismic retrofit of existing buildings. 

 

Mr. Au has over 17 years of experience providing structural engineering design and consulting for hospitality, institutional, commercial and high-end residential projects.  Mr. Au received a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UC Davis.  Mr. Au is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

 

Mr. Au served as Project Manager or Principal on recent significant projects including VA Menlo Park - Building 331, Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara (2008 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award), Horizon Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility, and UCSF Kirkham Childcare Center (2011 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award).



DIRECTORS:

Henry Chang

415-399-1710

Structus, Inc., President

Fu-Lien (Henry) Chang is the founder and president of Structus, Inc a 23 year old structural engineering firm located in San Francisco.  Henry is registered in California as a Civil and Structural Engineer and he has over 30 years of structural analysis, design and project management experience. Henry received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Henry has served as past President of AAAE, past member of the HRC MWBE Advisory Committee, and he is currently a member of CALTRANS CALMENTOR Steering Committee, BART’s Business Advisory Committee, and SF State University Engineering Advisory Board.

Henry’s firm Structus is a consulting engineering firm specializing in the structural design of buildings and special structures. Since its establishment in 1987, the firm has successfully completed many major projects in both the private and public sectors. Some of these projects have been published in Progressive Architecture, ENR (Engineering News Record), Proceedings for the 11th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (1996 Acapulco, Mexico), Proceedings for the 2nd World Conference on Structural Controls (1998 Kyoto, Japan), and “Structure” magazine.

Under Henry’s direction, Structus has completed several award winning projects for its innovative structural approach. The awards include: 2002 Award of Merit from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, 2002 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, 1998 National Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and others.


Meng-Hsiu Chen

(415) 512-7141

MHC Engineers, Inc., Principal.

Mr. Chen as Principal of MHC Engineers, has over thirty-one years of expertise in Mechanical HVAC and Plumbing design and construction documentation of commercial, educational, industrial, institutional and residential projects. Meng received his Master of Engineering degree from U C Berkeley and is a registered Professional Engineer in California and Nevada. He is also a member of the ASHRAE, ASPE, NFPA. Meng as Principal is directly involved in all phases of design.

Meng served as past Director of the Asian American Architects and Engineers from 1994 to 1996.


Darlene Jang, AIA

(415) 834-0248

Barcelon & Jang Architecture, Principal

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Darlene Jang co-founded her San Francisco design studio focusing on gallery architecture, educational facilities and supportive housing. After completing several local gallery projects, Barcelon & Jang successfully competed in a design charette for their first major commission, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, launching the firm’s direction in museum design. Her practice extends to work in adaptive reuse and renovation work including the historic Julia Morgan YWCA Building in San Francisco for the Chinese American Historical Society Museum and the new Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. She is currently working on a new art center, supportive housing projects employing sustainable design methodologies, and a new city college campus. Her firm has been recognized through numerous honors, and awards. She continues to explore future design directions for hybridization of art and architecture and for synthesizing the complexities of design approaches within a highly technological urban context. She currently serves on the Oakland Art Gallery Board and is a member of the Organization of Women Architects.


Ellen Lee

(415) 421-2758

LEE Incorporated, President

Ellen Lee, as the president of LEE Incorporated, has completed numerous projects related to engineering planning and facility plan; engineering design and construction/construction management; process, environmental, civil, structural and mechanical engineering; and land/aerial/hydrographic/LiDAR surveying. LEE has completed countywide and regional planning projects including treated wastewater reuse and reclamation reports, and regional wastewater discharge studies; as well as engineering design and construction management of water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment and reclamation systems, and transportation systems. As an engineer-contractor, LEE has completed design-build projects for more than 50 industrial wastewater treatment and reuse projects and 26 wastewater treatment plants in Taiwan.


Marlene Wong

(925) 296-2171

Stantec, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Ms. Wong has more than 17 years of experience performing geotechnical engineering analyses and preparing geotechnical reports for foundation support and/or seismic retrofit of highway bridge structures, housing developments, commercial developments, residential projects, and educational facilities. She has also performed field exploration for geotechnical investigations, performed laboratory testing, and provided field observation and testing during construction. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Geo-Institute, and the Order of the Engineer. Ms. Wong has served on the board of directors for the Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, a non-profit community organization, as treasurer, vice-president, and president. Ms. Wong received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.Eng. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered Civil Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer in California.


Kendall Young

(415) 552-1118

Kendall Young Associates, President

Kendall Young as Principal of Kendall Young Associates, has over thirty-four years of expertise in design and construction documentation of commercial, educational, industrial, institutional and residential architectural projects. Kendall received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and is a registered Architect in California. He is also a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board holding professional registrations in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

Kendall served as past President of the Asian American Architects and Engineers from 1989 to 1991; as Vice-President of the California Council of Asian American Business Association (CAABA) from 1991 to the present; Chair of CAABA’s San Francisco Unified School District Committee from 1992 to present; and as a past member of the Board of Trustees for The Urban School of San Francisco where he served as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and was a Member of the Finance and Education Committees from 1995 to 2000.

Kendall as Principal-in-Charge, is directly involved in all phases of programming, design, construction documentation and administration. He brings to each project extensive knowledge and experience in producing results consistent with the needs of each client. The success of this philosophy was underscored when Mr. Young was named recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Architecture Award by the Asian American Architects and Engineers.

Clients include the San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Community College District, San Francisco International Airport, Antioch Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, West Portal Lutheran, Port of San Francisco, PG&E, GSA, and Peralta Community College District.


Ming-Chen (M.C.) Yu

(510) 663-1118

AMC Consulting Engineers, Inc., President

Ming-Chen (M.C.) Yu has over 26 years of experience in the analysis, design and construction engineering support of transit systems, buildings, and nuclear facilities. As Principal of AMC Consulting Engineers, Inc., Mr. Yu provides both technical and administrative project management for mainly public sector clients including BART, Caltrans, Port of Oakland, and MUNI.   Mr. Yu received his M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the National University of Taiwan. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California. Mr. Yu has been a member of the Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAAE) since 2000, has served as an AAAE director from 2005 to present, during which he played an active role in their Membership Committee.  Mr. Yu is also a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Northern California Chapter (EERI-NC) and is assisting their Local Government Committee with the Soft Story Survey being conducted for the City of San Francisco.

Mr. Yu’s expertise in seismic engineering has been critical in the development and update of seismic criteria for BART, in performing analysis and design for various sections of the BART Earthquake Safety Program, and in the design of Skyway and East Tie-In structures of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In addition to transit structures, he has performed seismic analyses and developed retrofit concepts for complex structural systems including nuclear plants, nuclear underground storage facilities, and commercial buildings.  Mr. Yu has extensive experience in structural modeling and seismic analysis, including non-linear time-history and soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis of complex structure systems.

Mr. Yu is married with two children.  His son is a freshman in University of California at Berkeley, and his daughter is a college sophomore.

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