Pleasanton, Calif. — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has announced that US Southwest Engineering Supervisor Rachel Holland has been selected to co-host twelve 12 episodes of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast.
Published by the Engineering Management Institute, the podcast offers informative episodes on structural engineering and construction resiliency topics with professional industry leaders, system manufacturers, innovators, and academics. Holland will serve alongside Mathew Picardal, P.E., who has been hosting the show since 2019.
A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Holland worked as a design and project engineer for BORM Engineering and ACK Engineering and Surveying before joining Simpson Strong-Tie as a branch engineer in 2011. A recognized expert in deck construction, Rachel is named on four patents including the Simpson Strong-Tie BVLZ ledger connector, designed to safely connect decks to homes through brick and masonry veneer.
“There are so many exciting things happening in structural engineering right now, and I’m looking forward to speaking to the experts and personalities in our field,” Holland says. “I’m sure we’re likely to take a look at mass timber and some of the newer methods of construction, as well as talk about some of the big projects and big issues in the industry — there are endless topics.”
Now approaching its 100th episode, The Structural Engineering Channel covers everything from framing to concrete to high-rise construction to designing buildings for resiliency against seismic, high-wind, and fire-related events. Episodes regularly address career building and professional networking for recent engineering graduates and emerging talents in the field, and past guests have included Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Annie Kao and Production Manager Aniket Borwankar.
Holland’s first episode as co-host airs on November 10, when when she’ll talk about the work she does at Simpson Strong-Tie and share career advice for structural engineers based on her experience. To tune in or subscribe, visit The Structural Engineering Channel podcast page.