Sam Amoroso
Sam Amoroso, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Managing Engineer
Buildings & Structures
Houston

Dr. Amoroso is a licensed engineer specializing in structural analysis and design, risk assessment, and failure investigations. He has designed and evaluated commercial, institutional, and industrial structures such as pipe racks and bridges, process frames, containment walls, and foundations for tanks and other equipment. Dr. Amoroso has experience designing and load rating bridges, as well as performing independent technical reviews of new bridge designs. He has assessed damage to structures due to wind, storm surge and waves, fire, ground settlement, and material degradation such as wood decay and steel corrosion. In addition to specific structural investigations, Dr. Amoroso has performed field surveys of damage caused by hurricanes affecting the U.S. Gulf Coast, including Ivan (2004), Katrina (2005), Rita (2005), and Gustav (2008).

Dr. Amoroso’s doctoral research on wind loads for petrochemical structures contributed to the revision and update to ASCE’s guide publication, Wind Loads for Petrochemical and Other Industrial Structures, and his experience evaluating structural damage due to wind, storm surge and waves enabled him to participate in the development of ASCE’s Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage: Wind versus Water.

As an Adjunct Instructor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Louisiana State University, Dr. Amoroso has taught “Mechanics of Materials” and “Introduction to Civil Engineering.”

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2007
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1999, summa cum laude
  • Outstanding Young Civil Engineer, Louisiana Section of ASCE, 2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil and Structural), Louisiana #31540

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi #18371

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Florida #67680

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Texas #105474

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia #054652

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil and Structural), Oklahoma #29136

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Mexico #24379

NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering Exam

Publications

Amoroso, S. D. and Gurley K. R. “Chapter 5: Response of Structures to Wind, Storm Surge, Flood, and Waves,” Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage: Wind versus Water, edited by Peraza, Coulbourne and Griffith, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston VA, 2014

Wong, S., Sepaha, A., Swamy, N., Amoroso, S., and Naqvi, D., “Wind loads on non-building structures using ASCE 7-10,” proceedings of the ASCE/SEI 2012 Structures Congress, Chicago, March 2012.

Amoroso, S. and Levitan, M., “Wind loads for high-solidity open-frame structures,” Wind and Structures, an International Journal, V. 14, No. 1, 2011.

Amoroso, S., Hebert, K., Levitan, M., “Wind tunnel tests for mean wind loads on partially clad structures,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, V. 98, No. 12, pp. 689-700, December 2010.

Amoroso, S., Levitan, M., “Wind Load Analysis Uncertainty for Petrochemical Structures,” 11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2009.

Amoroso, S., “Benefit Cost Analysis for Wind Hazard Mitigation,” Louisiana Civil Engineer, Journal of the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, v. 17, no. 3, May 2009.

Amoroso, S., and Levitan, M., “Recent Research for Wind Loads on Petrochemical Structures,” Proceedings of the ASCE/SEI 2009 Structures Congress, Austin, TX, April 2009.

Amoroso, S. and Fennell, J., “A Rational Benefit/Cost Approach to Evaluating Structural Mitigation for Wind Damage: Learning ‘the Hard Way’ and Looking Forward,” Proceedings of the ASCE/SEI 2008 Structures Congress, Vancouver, B.C., April 2008.

Amoroso, S. and Coco, R., “Effective Forensic Engineering Investigations of Hurricane ‘Wind vs. Water’ Disputes: Techniques and Tools,” Proceedings of the ASCE/SEI 2008 Structures Congress, Vancouver, B.C., April 2008.

Amoroso, S. and Levitan, M., “Recent research into wind loads on industrial structures,” 12th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Cairns, Australia, July 2007.

Amoroso, S., Hebert, K., Levitan, M., “Wind tunnel tests on partially clad buildings and structures,” 4th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, Prague, July 2005.

Amoroso, S., Levitan, M., “Influence of Framework and Equipment Interaction on the Wind Loads for Open-Frame Structures,” 10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, Baton Rouge, May 2005.

Levitan, M., Qiang, L., Amoroso, S., “Wind tunnel Tests on Open-Frame Industrial/Petrochemical Structures,” Proceedings of the Fifth International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, Ottawa, July 2004.

Presentations

Amoroso, S., “Seismic Design Basics for Buildings,” Louisiana ASCE Spring Conference, Shreveport, LA, April 2013.

Amoroso, S., “Recent Updates to the Seismic Design Requirements for Buildings in Louisiana,” Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show, Kenner, LA, September 2012.

Amoroso, S. and VanDreumel, B., “The Development of Insurance Premium Discounts for Wind Hazard Mitigation,” Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show, Kenner, LA, September 2009.

Amoroso, S. and Coco, R., “Wind Hazard Mitigation,” Southern Farm Bureau Actuarial Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2009.

Amoroso, S., “Benefit Cost Analysis for Wind Hazard Mitigation,” Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show, Kenner, LA, September 2008.

Amoroso, S., “Determining Building Wind Loads Using ASCE/SEI 7-05: An Overview,” National Hurricane Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2008.

Amoroso, S., “Recent research on wind loads for petrochemical structures,” Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show, Kenner, LA, September 2006.

Amoroso, S., “Wind loads on open-frame petrochemical structures,” Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show, Kenner, LA, September 2004.

Prior Experience

Practice Manager, Forte and Tablada, 2006-2018

Engineer II, HNTB, 1999-2003

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Instructor, Louisiana State University, 2008-Present

Louisiana Board of Regents Doctoral Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 2003-2006

Professional Affiliations

Co-Chair, ASCE Task Committee on Wind Induced Forces, which is responsible for the ASCE guide publication, Wind Loads for Petrochemical Facilities

ASCE Task Committee that developed the guide publication, Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage (2012-2014)

ASCE Baton Rouge Branch: Program Director (2012-2013), Education Director (2008-2012), LSU Practitioner Advisor (2007-2011)

Additional Information

Advisory Appointments

Advised a technical committee of the LA State Uniform Construction Code Committee regarding proposed state exceptions or modifications to the seismic provisions of the International Building Code (2011-2012)


Peer Reviewer

Journal of Building Engineering

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2007
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1999, summa cum laude
  • Outstanding Young Civil Engineer, Louisiana Section of ASCE, 2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil and Structural), Louisiana #31540

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi #18371

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Florida #67680

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Texas #105474

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia #054652

Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil and Structural), Oklahoma #29136

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Mexico #24379

NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering Exam