Chad Norvell, P.E.


Chad, 30, uses his engineering skills to improve the living conditions and disaster resilience in vulnerable communities around the world. For three years he worked for WorldHaus, a group committed to building affordable housing in India. As the Director of Engineering, his team built dozen of housing projects in remote villages and dense slums. Today, Chad works in Portland, OR, a region at risk of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and specializes in designing efficient seismic retrofits of buildings. He has designed the retrofit for more than a dozen Portland area schools and helped them secure funding for these projects through the state government. He also volunteers with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), an organization that facilitates better understanding and recovery from major earthquakes around the globe.
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Nominated by Name: 
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Engineering Discipline: 
Structural Engineer
Employer Name: 
Nishkian Dean
Year: 
2017
Award Level: 
Winner
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Education Blurb: 
Portland State University/BS, Civil Engineering (2012) Portland State University/MS, Civil Engineering (2016)