Dr. Leon Kempner has over 38 years experience as a structural engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration, US DOE. His assignments have included structural engineering analysis, design, and research of high-voltage transmission line facilities (towers, substation, and microwave structures). The last 17 years he has been performing seismic evaluation, qualification, standards development, and mitigation design of high-voltage transmission line facilities.
Dr. Kempner is an activate member on the following technical committees; ASCE Standard 48 - Design of Transmission Pole Structures, and Secretary of ASCE 10 Standard - Design of Latticed Steel Transmission Structures, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Standard 693 - Seismic Design of Substation Structures (Vice Chair), National Electrical Safety Code Subcommittee 5 - Overhead Lines, Strength and Loadings, US Representative to CIGRE Study Committee 22, Working Group for Overhead Lines. He has participated in a number of ASCE subcommittee: Chair of the technical subcommittee for Design of Electrical Structures, Chair of the Substation Structure Design subcommittee, and a member of the Transmission Tower Loading subcommittee. Dr. Kempner has received the following ASCE awards: Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering; Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, 2009 and Committee on Electrical Transmission Structures, Gene Wilhoite Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award, 2001.
Dr. Kempner received a Ph.D. in System Science: Civil Engineering, Portland State University, 1997; M.S., Oregon State University in Civil Engineering, 1974; and B.S.C.E. University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1972. Dr. Kempner is a registered Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in Oregon and Washington.