Courtney is a bridge engineer with KPFF Consulting Engineers in Portland, OR. Since coming to KPFF in 2011, Courtney has provided engineering and project management on a wide variety of bridges, buildings, and marine structures. Courtney’s experience includes structural design, analysis, inspection, and construction support. A few career project highlights include: The Lake Borgne Barrier in New Orleans, LA, the Panama Canal third set of locks, The Denman Island Cable Ferry in British Columbia, the Squalicum Creek Corridor in Bellingham, WA, as well as the Red Electric Trail Pedestrian Bridge, Sullivan’s Gulch Pedestrian Bridge, and NE 69th Bridge Replacement in the Portland Metro Area. Courtney is a Portland native and attended Washington State University for her undergrad and master’s degrees. Go Cougs! In her free time she enjoys doing STEM Activities with K-12 students, water and snow sports, cheering on the Cougs, traveling, and hosting dinner parties with friends.
President-Elect Bahaar Taylor
Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC Email 360-844-0731
Bahaar Taylor is a structural designer at Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers in Vancouver, Washington. She works on a wide variety of projects with existing buildings, doing renovations and rehabilitations, structural analyses, forensic structural investigations, structural diagnostics, and seismic evaluations. Prior to working at Erickson Structural, Bahaar was a structural staff engineer at Coughlin Porter Lundeen in Seattle, Washington, where she worked designing new and renovating existing large mixed-use, K-12 and higher education buildings using steel, concrete, wood and masonry.
Bahaar graduated cum laude with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Emphasis in Structures) from Brigham Young University. She is active in local and national professional engineering societies such as ASCE, NCSEA and SEI. She also enjoys volunteering weekly with the youth of her church. She loves playing tennis and spending time outdoors.
Jerald Ramsden serves and a Senior Coastal Engineer with WSP and as the Treasurer of the Oregon Section of ASCE. Jerald’s work includes coastal engineering support for major infrastructure development projects including scour analysis and shore protection for port development or rehabilitation, rail and automobile tunnels, major bridge replacements, and both studies and design incorporating resiliency in the coastal zone. Jerald is a registered PE in five states and is an Envision Sustainability Professional, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Secretary Tsung Hwa (Sophia) Burkhart, EIT
Oregon Department of Transportation Email 503-986-3770
Sophia is a Pavement Specialist with the Oregon Department of Transportation in Salem, OR. Her work is focused on pavement management for the state highway system. Since 2014, she has been volunteering for the ASCE Oregon Section Board, previously serving as Program Chair. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Allison M. Pyrch, PE, GE is a geotechnical engineer with Hart Crowser, Inc. who has been practicing locally for over 15 years.
She has been an active member in the ASCE Oregon section since her time at Oregon State University. She has been on the section board since 2014 and has been leading the section’s resilience efforts since 2010 through her work with the Infrastructure Resilience Division.
She has been an outstanding advocate for public works, engineering, and infrastructure resilience on local, state, and national fronts as well as to the public. Since her debut as the organizer for the section’s 2014 Centennial Celebration, she has continued to serve the board with her energy and passion for civil engineering.
Josh is an Associate Engineer at Quincy Engineering in Salem, OR. He has previously served ASCE on the board of the Capital Branch from 2011-2014, with a term as President from 2013-2014. He is a graduate of Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and serves as a Practitioner Advisor to the OSU ASCE Chapter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son enjoying the outdoors.
Communications Chair Eric George
Eric George is an Engineering Associate at BB&A Environmental in Wilsonville, OR. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science. Eric joined YMF earlier this year and is currently the Communications Chair for the group. He is currently training for the 2019 Seattle to Portland (STP) bike race.
Infrastructure Report Card Chair Mark Libby, PE, MASCE