EERI releases Roland Sharpe Oral History volume

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Don’t miss the latest volume of Connections! The latest installment of the EERI Oral History Series features Roland Sharpe, a notable structural engineer, EERI member, and lifelong advocate for earthquake-resistant design and construction. Volumes 1-28 of Connections: The EERI Oral History Series are available free of charge in PDF format on the EERI website. Click here to download Roland L. Sharpe’s volume. 

Here’s why should you read Roland’s volume: 

“Roland was highly skilled in identifying big picture problems and issues in earthquake and structural engineering and then formulating and managing engineering projects to address them,” said Christopher Rojahn (M.EERI, 1392), Director Emeritus of the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

Roland “Rol” Sharpe’s long and distinguished career commenced upon earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan, following his service in the Marines during World War II. In 1950, Sharpe joined the engineering firm of John A. Blume and Associates in San Francisco, where he rose to Executive Vice President. There he consulted on large-scale projects, including the Wind Tunnel at Moffett Field, the Federal Building in San Francisco, and the South Terminal at San Francisco International Airport. After his 23-year career at Blume, Sharpe went on to play a critical role in establishing the Applied Technology Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), and eventually, his own firm, Engineering Decision Analysis Company (EDAC), which focused on work for the nuclear power industry.

Many professionals associations have recognized Sharpe’s outstanding commitment to the development of seismic and structural design criteria, assessment and strengthening of hazardous buildings, peer review of major retrofit and new design projects, and new projects.

EERI gratefully acknowledges production support provided by FEMA under grant EMW-2020-CA-00029-FY2020 and the ATC Endowment Fund.

To read more about the EERI Oral History Series and access all its volumes, click here. Select EERI membership categories (regular, retired, honorary, and young professional) with mailing addresses in the United States may request a complimentary print copy here.