Structural Engineering Talks (SET) hosts speakers with atypical, non-technical presentations that are lively, philosophical, inspirational, thought-provoking, and/or make engineers re-think the approach to structural engineering.

PDH: Event Flyer

Wednesday, April 4th (Fourth Annual)

Happy Hour/Registration from 6:00 to 6:30pm,
Presentations from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
1120 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704


Advanced registration:

General: $25
Student: $15 with valid student ID at the door


General: $35
Student: $25 with valid student ID at the door

Register Here


Thank you to our Sponsors


Guest Speakers: 




Kirk Marchand served as Managing Principal at Protection Engineering Consultants (PEC) for 10 years and now serves as a Senior Principal, marketer and "cultural" and business touchstone for the firm.   Kirk started his career in the US Army Corps of Engineers, and then he managed research projects at the Southwest Research Institute for 15 years. He managed the South Texas Division of Applied Research Associates, and also served as Principal and Director of Secure Design Services at Walter P. Moore and Associates before co-founding PEC in 2006.



Randy Poston is Senior Principal with Pivot Engineers, in Austin, TX. Over the last 30 years, Randy has developed world-renown expertise in the investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing.  In 2015, Randy received the ACI Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service award for his outstanding leadership of Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. He also was named ENR Top 25 Newsmaker for 2014 for “…managing the remake of the global concrete bible…”.




Ramon Gilsanz is a founding Partner of Gilsanz Murray Steficek. In his over 35-year career as a structural engineer, he has worked on a wide range of new-build and renovation projects using a variety of structural materials. Ramon has travelled to several earthquake-impacted foreign countries to investigate earthquake preparedness and recovery as well as seismic code issues. He participated in hurricane Sandy recovery efforts to improve citywide infrastructure and building resiliency. Ramon also led the WTC7 collapse analysis on the national ASCE-FEMA 403 building performance assessment team



David Fowler retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 after 52 years of teaching structures and materials courses. He performed research in concrete polymer materials, wood structures, concrete materials, and aggregates in concrete. He was a member of many technical committees in ASCE and ACI. He served on the Board of Direction of ACI and was chair of the Concrete Research Council and the Concrete Research and Education Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ACI, ASCE and AEI.


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