Brandon S. Byers

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Hi, my name is Brandon. I chose to study civil engineering because I am fascinated by the mechanics of what holds up our civilization. Like many engineers, my interest in building began as a child playing with Lego sets, balsa wood bridges, and observing what happened if I dammed up the creek in our backyard. At Georgia Tech my concentration was in structural engineering and my interests expanded into global infrastructure projects. I was invited to the Grand Challenges community, earned the International Plan degree designation, and helped lead teams in Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World. While studying civil engineering I also went to study at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore through an exchange program. In Singapore, my imagination of what a city could be was drastically expanded! Singapore has fantastic public transportation, biophilic design, clean streets and community involvement. Additionally, I interned for a non-profit in Historic South Atlanta called Focused Community Strategies who invests deeply in one under-resourced Atlanta neighborhood at a time, building upon the neighborhood’s strengths to create a flourishing community. Here I learned the power of long-term and inclusive community development through using tools like the Flourishing Neighborhood Index and working side-by-side with community members.


After graduating from Georgia Tech I worked for AECOM as a structural engineer in the water business line. Most of my projects were on dams and hydraulic structures. AECOM was a fantastic opportunity because it is a global company and named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies". During my time there I had the opportunity to work at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq for about 8 months. This was a dream opportunity for me to combine my interests in global development projects and my skills as an engineer. I was thankful to also be working in the same office as the stakeholders, the community who lives next to the dam. It became clear to me that the dam was more than an infrastructure project, it was symbolic, a unifying motif in the narrative of the community. The dam brought power and irrigation, was where people would go for a picnic or to watch birds, and was where multiple generations in a family would work together.


After starting graduate school at Stanford I became increasingly interested in how the built environment played a role in our communities and personal lives. How does the built environment directly affect, support, or even hurt the individuals it was designed to serve? I started research in Dr. Sarah Billington's Lab where her group studies the impact of building design, materials, and symbols on human wellbeing. In further pursuit of these interests, I became a WELL Accredited Professional over the summer of 2020. As I've worked and studied the mechanics of what holds up our civilization, I have learned its more than reinforced concrete columns and steel beams, it's those who build and use them! I aim to continue to research, explore, and build a better and more egalitarian environment for both the world and all its people.

Engineer, Designer, Builder

An engineer with knowledge in structural design and construction whose research and focus is on designing better buildings happier and healthier individuals.

  • Degree: M.Sc
  • City: Palo Alto, CA
  • Email: brandonsbyers@gmail.com
  • Email: bbyers3@stanford.edu

Resume

Summary

Brandon S. Byers, EIT, WELL AP

Driven and collaborative engineer with over 2 years of design and construction experience in the built environment, whose focus is on building egalitarian spaces for happier and healthier occupants.

  • Stanford, CA
  • (706) 910-5433
  • bbyers3@stanford.edu

Education

M.Sc. Sustainable Design & Construction

2019 - 2021

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

A chosen concentration in structures. I was the elected Project Manager for the Associated Schools of Construction Integrated Project competition team. Additionally, I was an Events Coordinator for the Leaders of the Built Environment.

B.S. Civil Engineering

2012 - 2017

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Graduated with High Honors and an International Plan degree designation. I was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers steel bridge competition team as well as a team lead for Engineers Without Borders. Additionally, I was a volunteer trip leader for rock climbing trips across the Southeast.

Research

Hybrid Physical + Digital Spaces

March 2020 - Present

Dr. Sarah Billington, Stanford University

  • Conducted literature review on the influence of building environmental factors on occupant wellbeing and cognitive performance
  • Analyzed test data in R for descriptive statistics and data visualization of lab studies to demonstrate influence of room environment on occupant wellbeing
  • Performed reliability and variance statistical analysis on survey studies on building feature impact on occupants

Interests and Skills

Technical

  • Data Analysis and Visualization: R, Power BI
  • Building Information Modeling: BIM 360, Revit, Sketchup
  • Microsoft Office and Visual Basic

Interpersonal

  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Communication

Personal

  • Bicycle touring and bike maintenance
  • Letter writing and calligraphy
  • Gardening and plant propagation

Professional Experience

Summer Associate

June 2020 - July 2020

Clark Construction, BART Union City, CA

  • Developed data visualization dashboard using Power BI to track subcontractor performance
  • Utilized SketchUp to develop construction site plans
  • Assisted tracking materials and resources for LEED credit
  • Developed Site Specific Work Plan for modular metal ceiling panels

Structural Engineer

July 2017 - August 2019

AECOM, Washington DC +

  • Analyzed and modeled steel surge tanks attached to hydropower facility using Finite Element Analysis
  • Provided engineering support for dam rehabilitation alternatives for Crane Lake Dam, MO by performing preliminary design calculations, initial design drawings, construction cost estimates, and a written design alternatives report
  • Quality engineer in assignment for FEMA to produce 17,546,644 meals shipped through 775 truckloads to both Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for hurricane relief
  • Developed recommendations for hillside development code in cooperation with FEMA to aid in supporting building code development in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Office Engineer

July 2018 - February 2019

AECOM, Mosul Dam, Iraq

  • Calculated grouting pressures to be used for a grout curtain underneath dam foundation
  • Managed small team of local subcontractors in scanning and electronic indexing of historic design and as-built drawings
  • Performed Quality Control of grout mix design and batch tests
  • Developed and executed a training program to integrate Office Engineers from the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources into supporting the field and technical staff of the dam

Community Researcher Intern

January 2015 - May 2015

Focused Community Strategies, Atlanta, GA

  • Collaborated with community and economic developers in underserved neighborhoods of South Atlanta
  • Conducted operations and logistics in support of establishing a local market in a food desert
  • Analyzed and collected data on social capital using a Flourishing Neighborhood Index

Portfolio

Check out some of the projects I've worked on!

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  • Professional Projects
  • Personal Projects
  • Academic Projects