Dave Adams, PE, SE, F.ASCE

Principal Associate
Structural Engineering


Bachelor of Science, Structural Engineering
University of California, San Diego


Professional Engineer, California #52005
Structural Engineer, California #4226
Structural Engineer, Illinois #081.003450
I.C.C. Certified Plans Examiner #0882135-B3
Seismic Safety Assessment Program Evaluator, California O.E.S., # 11117


American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow, Instructor)
California Building Standards Commission (Code Advisory Member)
California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (Subject Matter Expert, Structural)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (Subject Matter Expert, Structural)


Author, “All-in-One Structural Engineering SE Breadth and Depth Exam Guide, 2nd Edition”, McGraw-Hill; 2022
Author, “Ethics in Civil and Structural Engineering: Professional Responsibility and Standard of Care”, McGraw-Hill; 2022
Author, “Structural Engineering SE Breadth and Depth All-in-one Exam Guide”, McGraw-Hill; 2017
Author, “The Structural Engineer’s Professional Training Manual”, McGraw-Hill; 2007


Dave has performed structural calculations and completed working drawings on buildings and other structures utilizing wood, steel, masonry, concrete and reinforced plastic for commercial, residential, educational, institutional and industrial projects. As a project manager, he supervises the work of other engineers and project draftspersons within the Structural Engineering Department.

In addition to design work, Dave has provided plan checking services for local municipalities to determine building compliance with life/fire safety, accessibility and structural requirements of current codes. He has also performed structural investigations of damaged buildings and prepares comprehensive conclusions and recommendations for retrofit.

Get to know Dave

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

“Publishing a book on engineering ethics.”

What is your ideal vacation?

“A wine and cheese tasting tour of Italy!”

What are you most thankful for?

“The love I share with my high school sweetheart.”

What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?

“A maple bar donut.”

If you could have any other job, assuming you have the talent and necessary skills, what would you want to be?

“A Supreme Court Judge.”