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Born
1958
Career Began
1983
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Jim Malley doing Northridge Inspections
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Contributions to Structural Engineering History in Northern California

James “Jim” Malley has more than 40 years of experience in structural design, seismic evaluation, and seismic strengthening of existing buildings. Projects include a variety of healthcare facilities and several research efforts funded by institutions like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Science Foundation. Jim is often called upon to peer review the seismic design of tall and complex structures in high seismic zones. 

Jim is a recognized national expert in steel frame design. He is actively involved in numerous leadership roles with national professional organizations. He is the Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee. He was named the 2010 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner for his work on the AISC Seismic Provisions, and in 2012 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by AISC. He is also a member of the AWS Subcommittee on Seismic Welding Issues. He served as the Project Director for Topical Investigations of the SAC Joint Venture. In that position, he was responsible for directing studies of the steel frame buildings damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and all the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project. From 1996-2000 he was a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) steel subcommittee, and from 2001 to the present he is a member of the BSSC Provisions Update Committee. He also served as the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s (NCSEA) President. In 2014, NCSEA presented Jim with the James Delahay Award for outstanding contributions to the development of codes and standards. He is chair of the Industry Advisory Board at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer at Degenkolb Engineers. In this position, he was responsible for the engineering operations of the company across 10 offices. He continues his work at Degenkolb as a Senior Principal. He received his M.Eng. in Structural Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Awards & Accomplishments
  • ATC Lifetime Achievement Award (2023)
  • EERI Alfred E. Alquist Medal (2023)
  • SEAONC H.J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award (2022)
  • National Academy of Engineering (2021)
  • SEAONC Helmut Krawinkler Award (2020)
  • NCSEA Service Award (2017)
  • UC Berkeley Civil Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni (2016)
  • NCSEA James Delahay Award (2014)
  • AISC Lifetime Achievement Award (2012)
  • NCSEA President (2010-2011)
  • AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award (2010)
  • SEAOC College of Fellows (2006)
  • SEAOC President (2004)
  • SEAONC College of Fellows
  • SEAONC President (2000)
  • AISC Special Achievement Award (2000)
  • ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize Co-Recipient (with the late Egor Popov) for the paper “Shear Links in Eccentrically Braced Frames” (1986)
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  • VA Palo Alto (various projects including Replacement Hospital)
  • VA Las Vegas
  • VA San Juan Seismic Retrofit
  • Caltrans District 4 Headquarters Seismic Retrofit, Oakland
  • 151 Fremont San Francisco
  • Wilshire-Grand, Los Angeles
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