Tim  Nelson Associate

Office San Francisco

Direct Email tnelson@degenkolb.com

I grew up just outside Hartford, Connecticut and went to Tufts University in Boston for my Bachelors and Masters degrees. Even at the beginning of my graduate studies at Tufts, I didn’t anticipate that I would ultimately live and work on the west coast. But I was fortunate to learn the “ropes” of earthquake engineering during my master’s thesis research at Tufts, and I came to work for Degenkolb in the summer of 2007. My now-wife and I made the big move via a memorable road trip from Boston to San Francisco, and we’ve called the Bay Area our home ever since. At Degenkolb I’ve worked on many different types of projects, but I’ve spent the last several years developing experience in Construction Means and Methods (CM&M) services. I contribute to our CM&M working group and also serve as Degenkolb’s coordinator for post-earthquake response activities.

Practice Areas:
Construction Means & Methods

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
I spent a lot of extra-curricular time at Tufts doing musical theater.  Probably the most memorable experience came my sophomore year when I got to conduct a 14-piece orchestra for Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

Client or Business Philosophy:
Approach every challenge with integrity, creativity, and with an open mind.  Each and every project is an opportunity to form a long-lasting relationship with a client.

Driven, approachable, organized.

Oreo cookies.

Favorite Degenkolb Story:
We designed a system to underpin an 80-year-old, 3-story concrete structure in Berkeley and suspend it 15 feet in the air over a shored excavation. The contractor held a “bottoming-out” barbeque to celebrate the completion of the shoring/underpinning installation and allow everyone to walk beneath the underpinned structure, which was exhilarating (and perhaps a bit scary too).  Since much of our CM&M work is temporary and ultimately disappears, it was very special to take part in an event that specifically recognized the achievements of our team.

Special Interests:
Spending time with my wife and son, enjoying San Francisco’s beautiful parks and coastline, playing the piano, biking around San Francisco, traveling.


B.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 2004
M.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 2007


CA Civil Engineer, License No. 75415
CA Structural Engineer, License No. 5878
WA Civil Engineer, License No. 53599
WA Structural Engineer, License No. 53599

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Board Member, Building Industry Conference Board (BICB)
Past Member, ASCE 41-13 Standards Committee
Past Secretary, SEAONC Seismology Committee
Past Treasurer, SEAONC Young Members Forum
Graduate, Leadership San Francisco, Class of 2015


2017 ENR California Top Young Professional