Steven B. Tipping – August 11, 2017

PEER is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Steven Tipping on August 11.

Steven Tipping

Steven B. Tipping

Steven Tipping was a structural engineer and professional colleague of PEER who embraced and implemented new technologies in the design and retrofit of buildings, and who instilled this innovative spirit with his partners and clients.

As a recent example of extending and integrating new ideas, his office, Tipping Structural Engineers, implemented a buckling restrained braced mast system in a new building in west Berkeley, where a “strong back” brace frame system, a modification of the conventional concentric brace frame, utilized a vertical steel truss to prevent weak or soft story behavior. A presentation about the system and implementation was given to the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California in February 2016 by Leo Panian of Tipping’s office, along with Barbara Simpson, PhD candidate and researcher working with Stephen Mahin, Professor at UC Berkeley, former PEER Director, and Principal Investigator of the strong back system. Tipping and Panian made a presentation about “Design of High Performance Structures” at the 2016 PEER Annual Meeting.

Director Khalid Mosalam notes that “Steve Tipping was always willing to have his engineering staff help teach our design courses. When I was SEMM program leader a few years ago, every time I reached out to him, he was more than willing to help. His office also regularly hosted our students to show them how our profession functions and to discuss with them how projects are actually conceived. All of us at PEER share our sincerest sympathies with his family and colleagues.”

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