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Mr Benhang Shi, EIT, A.M.ASCE

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Mr Benhang Shi, EIT, A.M.ASCE


I am a structural engineer currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona. I have a B.S. in Civil from Rice University and an M.S. from the University of California San Diego. I have passed the NCESS PE Exam and now preparing for the California Seismic and Survey Exam. I have design experience in most categories: steel, wood, masonry, concrete and seismic design.

I am interested in following up with the most cutting edge technology in the industry and use them to increase my productivity. I closely follow the development and advancement of CLT and modular construction. I am also learning computer programs such as Dynamo and Python to automate Revit tasks and design tasks. I see a lot of time-saving and efficiency increasing potential by using Dynamo, Revit, and Robot Structural Analysis together. 

My biggest concern now is my career development path. I am split between reinforcing my traditional design skills and learning new automation skills. I feel my time is not enough. Meanwhile, I am also worried about my project experience. I don't have any experience in high rise and large untraditional structures. Would it be a blockage for my career advancement down the road? I also have questions on how to publish articles on magazines such as "STRUCTURES". Lastly, Is it worth it to pursue a PHD in structural engineering?

Thank you for reading through all these. Best wishes.