William D. Bast, Thornton Tomasetti, ascends to NCSEA presidency

November 16, 2009 |

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) announced new officers, President William “Bill” D. Bast of Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago, IL, Vice President James Malley of Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA, and Secretary Ben Nelson of Martin/Martin, Inc., Denver, CO.

In addition, newly elected to the Board, are Robert “Bob” Crossno of Albuquerque, NM and Brad Moyes of KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland, OR. The announcement was made at the NCSEA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on October 17, 2009. 

Mr. Bast is Principal-in-Charge of Thornton Tomasetti Chicago office’s Building Performance Services. He has more than 25 years of experience in the structural design of buildings, building façade inspections and repair programs, due diligence and building assessments, failure investigations, litigation support, and peer reviews. He is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, recently chaired NCSEA’s Code of Ethics and Membership Development Committees, and continues to serve as the current president of the Structural Engineers Foundation.

“I’ve watched and worked with Bill Bast as he lead the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, the Structural Engineers Foundation, and numerous standing and ad hoc committees.  I can vouch for the fact that few people are as committed and dedicated as he is, to advancing the practice of structural engineering.  There is no question Bill will give NCSEA a very good year,” said Jeanne Vogelzang, Executive Director of NCSEA.

Board Member Robert Crossno is a founding member of the Structural Engineers Association of New Mexico, has served on the Board of SEANM in every office, and is a member of the SEANM committee on special inspection. Recently, Mr. Crossno served on the NCSEA Code of Ethics Committee, and he is the NCSEA liaison on the ICC Membership Ad Hoc Committee. “Bob’s involvement on a national and local level brought him to the attention of the Board rather quickly. We are excited to be able to take advantage of the enthusiasm he displays for the betterment of structural engineering,” said Vogelzang.

Board Member Brad Moyes joined KPFF shortly after the Portland office opened in 1974. He was named an associate of the firm in 1985 and a principal in 1991. He has acted as Principal-in-Charge on hundreds of projects over the past three decades with a focus on medical and higher education facilities. Brad is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon and the American Concrete Institute Oregon Chapter.  “Brad’s dedication to the structural engineering industry is evident in his leadership of the local organizations. From the beginning the Board was certain he would be an asset to the team,” stated Vogelzang.

In addition to its newest members, the NCSEA Board of Directors is proud to recognize continuing Board members Thomas DiBlasi (Secretary), Carrie Johnson, Ronald Milmed, and Robert Paullus (Immediate Past President).

For more information on all NCSEA Board members, including images, visit here.

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