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See, SawTeen

SawTeen See, P.E., C.E., Dist. M. ASCE, M. Eng.


Cornell University, Master of Eng. (Civil)
1978 Cornell University, B.S. with distinction, 1977

Professional Experience

SawTeen See is LERA's Managing Partner, responsible for the daily business operations and the management of the practice. She joined the firm in 1978, was promoted to partner in 1986 and has been the Managing Partner since 1991. Ms. See has extensive experience in the structural design of the full spectrum of building types.

Professional Licenses

Professional Engineer - New York. Licensed or eligible in all 50 states. N.C.E.E.
Civil Engineer - California, Washington

Honors and Awards

SawTeen See was awarded the distinction of Fellow by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in September 2005. One of the highest honors bestowed by the NYAS, Fellows are nominated from within the organization's worldwide membership by Academy peers. This year, twelve individuals were selected out of 23,000 possible candidates. SawTeen was the sole engineer among the 2005 honorees. In 2004, she was elected to the grade of Honorary Member of ASCE for her innovative contributions to the field of structural engineering through the design of many of the world's signature buildings and for her leadership as Managing Partner of one of the premier structural engineering firms in the world.

Listed in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America, Ms. See was cited by Engineering News-Record as one of "Those Who Made Marks in the Construction Industry" in 1988 for her work on the San Jose Convention Center. She received the New York Association of Consulting Engineers' Award For Dedicated Service, 1993. She received a Special Achievement Award from Professional Women in Construction in 2002.

Ms. See was Partner-in-Charge for the expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center. Under her guidance, an innovative three-chord truss system was designed to create the 180-ft. by 600-ft. column-free exhibit space for the convention hall. The $160-million project received the 1998 Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the New York Association of Consulting Engineers and the 1998 Grand Award from the American Consulting Engineers Council.

Professional Activities

Ms. See is an Distinguished Member and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served on the Board of Directors of the New York Association of Consulting Engineers from 1989-1993. She was Chairman of the Committee on Gravity Loads and Temperature Effects of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Following the 11 September attacks, she was a team member of the FEMA/ASCE WTC Building Performance Study. Additional professional activities include:
• Structural Codes Committee, New York Association of Consulting Engineers
• Consultant to Cornell University's Master of Engineering program from 1994-95.
• Cornell University's Civil and Environmental Engineering School (CEE) Advisory Council.
• Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society
• New York Academy of Science

Selected Publications (co-author)

How High Can We Go?
Hong Kong

Structural Systems Chapter
Building Type Basics for Office Buildings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,

Concept Design for a 500-meter Building
International Conference on Tall Buildings "Trends in Tall Buildings"
Frankfurt, Germany, September 2001

The Practical Design of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
The Fifth International Conference on Tall Buildings,
Hong Kong December 1998

The Museum Bridge for Shinji Shumeikai, a Post-Tensioned Steel Space-Frame
International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures
Hong Kong, December 1996

The Bombing of the World Trade Center, New York
A study in the performance of structural steel International Iron and Steel Institute
Paris, France, October 1993

The World Trade Center Bombing of 26 February 1993
A Brief Case History: Column Stability and damage
Structural Stability Research Council, May 1993

Leaning High Rise Buildings - Puerta de Europa
Modern Steel Construction, May 1991

Preliminary Design of High Rise Buildings
Building Structural Design Handbook, Chapter II, 1986

When A Designer Should Consider Having Wind Tunnel Tests Conducted to Estimate Structural Loads
International Workshop on Wind Tunnel Modeling, Criteria and Techniques for Civil Engineering Applications.
National Bureau of Standards, April 1982.

Office Buildings

• Kuala Lumpur Tower, Malaysia
• Lotte Jamsil Super Tower, Seoul, Korea
• Nakheel Tall Tower, Dubai, UAE
• Mabarak Center, Lahore, Pakistan (mixed-use development)
• Essentai Tower, Almaty, Kazakhstan
• Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
• AIG Tower and Pedestrian Bridge, Hong Kong
• Capital Place, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
• Megaworld Place, Manila, Philippines
• Bank of China, Hong Kong
• AT&T (SONY) Corporate Headquarters, New York, NY
• PPG Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
• Taikoo Place Development, Hong Kong
• Bilbao Emblematic Buildings, Bilbao, Spain
• International Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain
• LDC-K111 Hanoi Road Development, Hong Kong
• Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Shanghai, China
• Puerta de Europa, Madrid, Spain

Hotel / Residential / Retail

• J.W. Marriott Tower & Residences at Esentai Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
• Ritz Carlton, Astana, Kazakhstan
• Ma Tau Kok Development, Hong Kong
• Sai Wan Ho Development, Hong Kong
• Conrad Centennial Hotel and Retail, Singapore
• Neiman-Marcus Store, San Francisco, CA
• AT&T (SONY) Retail Building, New York, NY
• Grange Court, Singapore

Museums / Libraries

• NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum, Charlotte, NC
• William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR
• National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
• Latvian National Library, Riga, Latvia
• Miho Museum & Bridge, Shigaraki, Japan
• Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH
• Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
• Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China
• AT&T (SONY) Exhibitions Building, New York, NY

Healthcare / Academic

• Ambulatory Care Facility, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
• Medgar Evers College, Academic Bldg. I, Brooklyn, NY
• Academic Buildings and Greenhouse, SUNY-Binghamton, NY
• College of Law Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Convention Centers / Arenas / Theaters

• Palm Beach Opera House, Palm Beach, FL
• Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
• San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
• San Jose Arena (Peer Review), San Jose, CA

Peer Reviews / Structural Audits

• Busan Lotte Tower, Seoul, Korea
• Guangzhou East Tower, Guangzhou, China
• International Commerce Center, Kowloon Station, Hong Kong
• One Central, the Mandarin Oriental, Macau, China
• Parc1 Mixed-Use Development, Seoul, Korea
• International Finance Center 1 & 2 and Hotels, Hong Kong Station, China (Office & Hotel Towers)
• Mary Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Cupertino, CA
• Dubai Promemade, Icon Hotel, Dubai, UAE
• Trump International Hotel, Dubai, UAE
• 16 Westlands Road, Hong Kong
• Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen, China
• Ma Tau Tok, Hong Kong
• Torre de Cristal, Madrid, Spain
• U.S. Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA
• York House, Hong Kong, China
• San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA
• Hong Kong Building Code Review
• Tung Chung Station Development, Hong Kong (Residential Towers)
• The Floridian, Hong Kong (Residential Towers)
• Tseung Kwan O Lot 55, Hong Kong (Residential Towers)

Aviation / Transportation Experience

• Chek Lap Kok Airport Terminal Roof Structure Evaluation, Hong Kong
• NASCAR Hall of Fame, Pedestrian Bridge Link, Charlotte, NC
• AIG Pedestrian Footbridge (now AIA Central), Hong Kong, China
• Miho Museum Bridge, Kyoto, Japan
• Mary Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Peer Review, Cupertino, California