November 16, 2011 Cale Ash Elected As CREW President
Degenkolb Engineers' Structural Engineer to Lead the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup
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In partnership with FEMA, CREW targets a wide net of governmental officials, decision makers and the general public to increase knowledge and participation in seismic safety throughout the Pacific Northwest.  CREW’s membership includes university faculty, scientists, engineers and emergency managers.

“I’m glad to be able to lead the ongoing efforts of CREW,” said Cale. “Our goal is to increase awareness of seismic hazards and promote the effectiveness of seismic mitigation and disaster resiliency. Success will require participation from businesses and homeowners in addition to our elected officials. CREW’s diverse membership is a great asset in being able to achieve our goals.”

One of CREW’s ongoing projects is its quarterly forum series on topics related to earthquakes. The last forum was held in Olympia in October and saw participation from many local engineers and local government officials. That forum’s topic was on the emergency response after the recent Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. CREW also publishes scenario documents, which examine closely the effects of various types of earthquakes possible in the Pacific Northwest and along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

“I’m glad to see Cale take the helm as President of CREW. Since joining us in 2009, my colleagues and I have benefited from the insights that only a seasoned engineer, like Cale, can provide,” said John Schelling, Vice President of CREW and Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington Emergency Management. “I know he will work hard with the people and businesses within Washington and the entire Cascadia Region to build awareness and initiative to improve our overall earthquake safety and preparedness.”

Cale joined CREW in 2009 and immediately became active in the Education and Outreach Committee, which oversees information dissemination to the public, and served as Chair of that committee from 2010 to 2011. He was elected to the board of directors in 2009 and served as Vice President until October of 2011, when he was elected President.

Established in 1940, Degenkolb Engineers is one of the nation’s leading structural engineering firms in the design and seismic strengthening of buildings and lifeline systems. Degenkolb offers comprehensive design, rehabilitation, and consulting services to architects, building owners, hospitals, educational institutions, corporations, government agencies, and utility districts.  The firm has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Portland and Seattle.  Degenkolb routinely leverages firm-wide experience, calling on support from any of its six U.S. offices to ensure technical excellence on all projects.