Ronald Hamburger to be Inducted into The National Academy of Engineering

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SGH Senior Principal Ronald Hamburger earns highest professional honor

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently announced their election of 67 new members to be inducted into their academy at an award ceremony in October 2015. Included in this year’s group of inductees is Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) Senior Principal Ronald Hamburger.

Membership in the Academy is the highest honor bestowed upon an engineer. According to the NAE’s website, “members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.”

Mr. Hamburger's distinguished career has made him an internationally recognized expert in performance-based structural, earthquake, and blast engineering. He has also played a lead role in the development of national structural engineering standards and building code provisions. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Mr. Hamburger served as an investigator in the collapse of New York’s twin World Trade Center towers on behalf of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In 2014, Mr. Hamburger was awarded the Walter P. Moore Jr. Award by the Structural Engineering Institute for his lifetime of contributions to the development of building codes and standards, and in 2013 the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California presented him with the H.J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in Structural Engineering.

SGH CEO Glenn Bell comments, “There is no doubt that Ron’s lifetime contributions to structural engineering practice, particularly in earthquake engineering, have led to this honor. Ron is well deserving of this award. We at SGH are tremendously proud of Ron.”

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Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures, building enclosures, and materials. Our award-winning work encompasses building, energy, civil/infrastructure, and science/defense projects in the United States, Canada, and more than thirty additional countries.

SGH has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

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