2003 Alfred E. Alquist Medal Winner:
Daniel Shapiro has been a structural engineer in
After graduating from the Department of Civil Engineering at
Under Mr. Shapiro’s leadership, SOHA Engineers gained a national and international reputation for expertise in seismic resistant design of buildings and bridges, and for the design of deep excavation shoring and underpinning systems. In addition to its structural designs for new buildings the firm has designed many seismic rehabilitation projects including essential, monumental, and historic buildings and bridges, using advanced rehabilitation techniques, including seismic isolation and energy dissipation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shapiro has given generously of his time to professional, technical, and public service organizations. He served as president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California in 1969 and he has chaired the Building Codes, Program, and Legislative Committees. He was designated an Honorary member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California and elected to the
For most of the last decade, Mr. Shapiro has acted as project director for a federally sponsored program to develop nationally applicable Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, and has been active in follow-up programs which are still ongoing connected to the Guidelines. This document, known to the profession as FEMA 273, was a massive undertaking. The process involved input and debate by hundreds of engineers and academicians, and will serve as the basis for seismic rehabilitation codes for years to come.
Beyond this national effort, Mr. Shapiro has given his time to Californians as well. He has chaired
Through his personal integrity and professional skills he has served to bridge the gap between professional assessments of seismic safety and public programs. As a result of his leadership in