Scott Swensen
Scott D. Swensen, Ph.D.
Associate
Buildings & Structures
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Swensen specializes in the design, analysis, and testing of wood and cold-formed steel framed structures. He is experienced in the use of advanced structural analysis techniques and the application of probability and statistics to engineering problems. His extensive background in evaluating building damage includes laboratory testing and post-disaster reconnaissance.

Dr. Swensen has experience developing residential light-frame structures for improved seismic resilience. More specifically, he investigated the effect of enhancing the lateral strength and stiffness of light-frame structures on building seismic response through component testing, nonlinear finite element model development, and performance-based earthquake engineering analysis. He also participated in the development of a sliding base isolation system for light-frame construction in near-fault areas. His six years of experience researching light-frame building performance culminated in the shake table testing of a full-scale, two-story wood-frame house with and without base isolation systems. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Swensen assisted in teaching graduate level structural engineering courses at Stanford University and performed research as a visiting scholar at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Utah, 2008, summa cum laude
  • EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellow, 2012

    National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, 2010

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2008–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS


LANGUAGES

  • Tagalog

Publications

Swensen S, Acevedo C, Jampole E, Miranda E, Deierlein G, Hopkins A, Fell B. Toward damage free residential houses through unibody light-frame construction with seismic isolation. Proceedings of the 2014 SEAOC Convention, Indian Wells, CA, 2014.

Swensen S, Deierlein G, Miranda E, Fell B, Acevedo C, Jampole E. Finite element analysis of unibody residential structures. Proceedings, 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, 2014.

Swensen S, Miranda E, Deierlein G. Novel design methods for improved damage resistance of light-weight framed structures. Proceedings, 9th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, Tokyo, Japan, 2012.

Swensen S, Wong K. Evaluation of peak structural responses based on consistent elastic and inelastic design spectra. The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings 2011; 20(2):164–176.

Presentations

Swensen S, Jampole E. Dynamic testing of low-cost sliding isolation system for light-frame residential structures. Oral Session, 10th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, July 25, 2014.

Swensen S. Finite element analysis of light-frame unibody residential structures. Oral Session, 10th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, July 22, 2014.

Swensen S, Miranda S. Seismically isolated unibody residential buildings for enhanced life-cycle performance. Meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Stanford, CA, October 17, 2012.

Swensen S. Seismically enhanced non-structural partition walls for unibody residential construction. Technical Session, Quake Summit 2012 (NEES Annual Meeting), Boston, MA, July 12, 2012.

Swensen S. Novel Deign methods for improved damage resistance of light-weight framed structures. Technical Session, 9th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering (CUEE), Tokyo, Japan, March 7, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Utah, 2008, summa cum laude
  • EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellow, 2012

    National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, 2010

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2008–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS


LANGUAGES

  • Tagalog