Dr. Kempner is the Principle Civil (Structural) engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration, USDOE, with 48+ years of experience performing structural engineering analysis, design, and research of transmission line facilities. He is an active member of ASCE Standards and Manual of Practices committees. Dr. Kempner is also an active member on Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers standards, and the National Electrical Safety Code’s Loadings and Strength subcommittee. He has served as the US National representative on the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) technical subcommittees, current activities include Seismic Resiliency of Substations, and Emergency Restoration Systems for Overhead Lines.

Dr. Kempner has received the following profession engineering acknowledgements and ASCE awards: Fellow Structural Engineer Institute (SEI), Distinguish Member International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), Le Val Lund Practice Award for Lifeline Risk Reduction, Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, and the Gene Wilhoite Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award.

Dr. Kempner has a PhD in System Science-Civil Engineering from Portland State University, MS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, and a BSCE from University of Nebraska (Omaha). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) in the states of Oregon and Washington.