Mike's experience includes advanced structural analysis, seismic evaluation, retrofit of existing structures, and new building design for clients with critical buildings. He develops cost-effective and specialized design solutions for a variety of clients. He's passionate about providing seismic resiliency worldwide. Mike was a member of the Degenkolb post-earthquake reconnaissance team that surveyed earthquake damage in Concepcion, Chile after the magnitude 8.8 hit in early 2010. He is an active contributor to the seismic code development process, and participates in numerous professional organizations. Currently, he is serving as Chair of the SEAOC & SEAOSD Existing Buildings Committee and is an active member of ASCE's Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings Standards Committee. Michael is one of the first structural engineers in San Diego to receive his DBIA certification and be known as an Assoc. DBIA™ professional.
Health Care, Higher Education
Joined the Firm:
Little Known Fact:
Although my last name sounds German it is actually English. The name has direct ties back to the 1400's from a small town in southwest England called Buck Mills.
Client or Business Philosophy:
Growing up under a long line of contractors, I have always had a high level of respect for the building construction process and all personnel involved. I feel being an engineer allows for a creative input that can really be of value to our clients. By looking at a problem from all viewpoints including the owners, contractors, and other design team members, we can provide innovative solutions and possible alternatives that meet the needs of everyone involved. I think this big picture perspective serves our clients well and enables us to be their trusted advisors.
Integrity, professionalism, responsiveness, leading by example.
B-rated movies that I notice when flipping channels (ie Steven Seagal), the history channel, and over-committing to professional activities.
Favorite Degenkolb Story:
There are very few companies that put as much effort as we do to learn about our science. So having the opportunity to spend a week in South America with Stacy, Kent, and Daniel after the Chile earthquake was a very defining moment for me. My favorite story from that trip was when our entire group was observing an older concrete bridge where a number of the spans collapsed in the earthquake. We walked out about 200 or 300 feet on the sections that were still standing and right when a few of us were laying on the last section that hadn’t collapsed looking below the deck, a magnitude 6 aftershock hit the region and the bridge started swaying. Engineers aren’t normally known to be great athletes, but I think the four us would have beat Usain Bolt back to shore. Somewhat of a daunting moment, but we all had a good laugh about it over drinks that night.
Golfing, Pittsburgh Steelers, Craft Breweries
B.S. Architectural Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 2004
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2005
California – Structural Engineer, 2005 License No. 5569
California – Civil Engineer, 2001 License No. 71576
LEED Accredited Professional, 2008
Assoc. DBIA™ Professional, 2014
Structural Engineers Association of California, San Diego Chapter (SEAOSD)
Chairman, Existing Buildings Committee (SEAOSD)
San Diego Representative, State Existing Buildings Committee (SEAOC)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Seismic Rehabilitation Standards Committee, ASCE 31/41
California Preservation Foundation
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)