Kelly Cobeen is an Associate Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Emeryville, California and is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer in California and Hawaii. She has 29 years of experience working in a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials. She has a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction, including new construction and seismic retrofit of existing buildings.
Ms. Cobeen has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities. Code development activities include involvement in the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings, in numerous Applied Technology Council publications, and International Building Code and International Residential Code development. Educational activities include coauthoring the Design of Wood Structures textbook, teaching wood design at UC Berkeley and seminars for professional organizations. Research activities include involvement in the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, studying improved seismic performance for woodframe buildings.
Ms. Cobeen is a former President of the Structural Engineers Association of California and is a member of the Seismic Subcommittee of the ASCE 7 committee.