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David Swanson is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer with over 25 years experience in the design of buildings for education, civic, healthcare, commercial, and aviation projects throughout the United States. Dave joined Reid Middleton in 1991, became a principal of the firm in 1999, and serves as the Director of the Structural Group and as a member of the Board of Directors. Dave has organized and led earthquake reconnaissance teams around the world to investigate and research the effects of earthquakes on the built environment on behalf of ASCE and SEAW. Earthquakes have included 1995 Kobe Earthquake (Japan), 1999 Ji Ji Earthquake (Taiwan), 2001 Nisqually Earthquake (Washington), 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake (China), 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2010 Bio Bio Earthquake (Chile), 2011 Christchurch Earthquake (New Zealand), and most recently the 2011 Great Earth Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake and Tsunami. Dave has authored and published over 20 technical papers on design, earthquake risk reduction, emergency preparedness, and the seismic rehabilitation of historic buildings and essential facilities. Dave is a Structural Specialist for the elite FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Task Forced based in Washington State (WA TF-1). Dave also serves as a part-time Adjunct Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Washington. Dave was named 2003 Engineer of the Year by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington for his service in the advancement of earthquake engineering and seismic risk reduction. Dave is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Washington.
SEI Fellow Since 2013