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Event Organiser: ICE

Brunel International Lecture Series: Americas lecture, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 19 May 2021
  • 17:00 - 18:30
Brunel International Lecture Series: Americas lecture, online

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Local start times are as follows: 09:00 PDT, 10:00 MDT, 11:00 CDT
 12:00 EDT, 13:00 BRT, 17:00 BST

Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience’s questions.

The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series was launched in London on 2 December 2020.

Following the East Asia, Europe and Middle East regional lectures, our next virtual event takes place in The Americas on 19 May 2021.

Discover more about the lecture series.


  • Welcome from Julian Lineham, ICE International Council Member for The Americas
  • 13th Brunel International Lecture Series animation
  • Regional Presentation by Seth Schultz, Brunel lecturer
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session with audience, moderated by Mark Hansford, Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE


Opening remarks: Julian Lineham PE, SECB, FSEI, FASCE, CEng FICE

Founding Principal, Studio NYL; ICE International Council Member for The Americas

Julian Lineham

Julian, a founding principal of Studio NYL Structural Engineers and Façade Designers, spent the first ten years of his career in London with some of England’s leading structural engineering firms.

In 1997, Julian moved to Boulder, Colorado, USA and in 2004 he co-founded Studio NYL Structural Engineers. The company has built a reputation in the Colorado region, nationally and internationally for excellence in creative structural design services, winning over 250 awards.

Julian is chair of the board and marketing chair for Structural Engineering Certification Board. He is on the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Council as the Americas Representative. He is also the Colorado and Western USA representative for the ICE, representing 12 US States. Julian is on two SEI Global Activities Division committees. He frequently guest lecturers at local Universities and AIA events, and twice in recent years guest lectured at the American University of Sharjah, UAE.

Julian is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in 20 US states and also has a Chartered Engineering (CEng) license in England. He became a Fellow of ICE in 2017, and a Fellow of SEI and ASCE in 2018.

Seth Schultz FICE

Brunel Lecturer

Seth Schultz

Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.

Chair: Mark Hansford FICE

Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE

Mark Hansford

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of ICE; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War.

Beyond the ICE, Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Panelist:Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE

President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021, US

Jean-Louis Briaud

ASCE president Jean-Louis Briaud is a distinguished professor and holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He has served as president of the Association of Geotechnical Engineering Professors and president of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Briaud’s expertise is in foundation engineering and more generally geotechnical engineering. He has also worked as a consultant on numerous projects, including highway embankments, oil tanks, dams, bridges, levees, shallow and deep foundations and soil erosion. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

Panelist: Tony Gibbs, CHB FREng FRSA BSc DCT(Leeds) FIStructE FICE FASCE FRICS

Consultant; civil engineer, Caribbean / UK

Tony Gibbs

The Hon Tony Gibbs is past president of The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers and a past vice president of The Institution of Structural Engineers (UK). Mr Gibbs was director of the American Association for Wind Engineering; Member of the Scientific Planning Group on Natural Hazard Risk Reduction of the International Science Council (Latin America and Caribbean) and Member of the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model.

In 1991, Tony received the International Award at the US National Hurricane Conference. In 1998, he received the award of "Career of Excellence in Engineering" from APETT. Mr Gibbs received the UN-ISDR Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction in 2007. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) in 2019.

In 2010, he was named as a Caribbean Icon in Science, Technology & Innovation by the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology (Trinidad & Tobago).

In 2012, the status of Honorary Member of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects was conferred on Tony Gibbs. In 2012, Tony Gibbs became the first person in the Caribbean to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2020, on behalf of the Queen, the Governor General of Barbados appointed Tony Gibbs to the Order of Barbados in the Grade of Companion of Honour of Barbados.

Panelist: Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E. ENV SP

Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Metro, US

Dr. Cris B. Liban

Dr. Cris B. Liban is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (LA Metro) chief sustainability officer (CSO). Cris oversees LA Metro’s internationally recognised environmental, sustainability, and energy initiatives. He prides himself to be one of the handful of engineers who holds this very important position. As CSO, Cris' responsibilities are also unique as he sets the environmental, sustainability and resiliency vision for the agency while oversees the implementation of programs to fulfil that vision. His group has been one of the profit centres in LA Metro, generating over $100M of revenue in the last three years through monetised environmental benefits and reinvesting those into sustainable infrastructure.

Cris is currently a commissioner in the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners; as well as the vice-chair of the Los Angeles County Beach Commission. He previously held political appointed positions in the State of California as a member of the Climate Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and as an adviser to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Administrator (Obama and Trump Administrations) as a council member of the USEPA National Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). He recently got appointed by CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma to sit on the Green Bonds Development Committee and develop Green Bonds Standards for the State of California.

Dr. Liban is currently the American Society of Civil Engineers National Committee on Sustainability Chair.

Cris is the recipient of the 2020 Engineering News Record (ENR) Award of Excellence (AOE) for his work on environmental science, climate change, and environmental equity. In 2016, he was the recipient of the 2016 Pamana ng Pilipino Award from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. This is the Philippines' Highest Civilian Honor for Filipinos living overseas.

He has degrees in geology (magna cum laude), civil and environmental engineering, and environmental science and engineering.

Panelist: Frances Moffett-Kouadio FICE

Director Exports North America, UK Department for International Trade, US

Frances Moffett-Kouadio

Frances joined UK Department for Trade & Investment (DTI) (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) as a fast-streamer in 2001, following a successful teaching career.

At DTI, she led on the implementation of an EU Directive, wrote the Department’s first Equality Impact Assessment and worked on the Business Support transformation programme, before joining UK Trade & Investment in 2004.

Frances has a range of experience in different markets, including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and was the director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy Abu Dhabi for five years, before moving to Hong Kong, where she was director of Trade & Investment for six years. She is now director Exports North America, based in Chicago.

Panelist: Marcelo Nobrega, DSc, MSc, MBA

Author; International HR and Strategic Leadership Consultant, Brazil

Marcelo Nobrega

Marcelo’s recent work includes innovative approaches to people and organisational development. He also delivers strategy, leadership and culture transformation projects for large multi-nationals in Brazil and the US in the context of corporate acquisitions, mergers, turnarounds, divestures and start-ups. Besides the US, his international work experience extends to Spain, Angola, the UK and several countries in South America.

Marcelo has over twenty years of experience as a Human Resources executive at multi-national corporations in the Oil & Gas, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Transportation Services segments. He was involved in change management, organisational and leadership development, performance management, recruitment, compensation and benefits, staffing, employee and labour relations.

Marcelo has a D.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Columbia University. He also has an MBA in Finance from IBMEC-RJ and an MBA in Oil & Gas Business from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is a certified executive coach by Teacher´s College at Columbia University. He has participated in a wide array of membership organisations, publications, books, boards and community services.

Panelist: Laurens van der Tak, PE

Water Resilience Director, Jacobs Technology

Marcelo Nobrega

Laurens is Jacobs’ Water Resilience Director for the Americas. He is a water resources engineer with more than 32 years of experience addressing stormwater and water resource issues, including climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation, green infrastructure, flood modeling, stormwater utilities, and water/wastewater master planning.

Laurens has led or supported numerous infrastructure climate risk and resilience projects. He is Chair of AWWA’s Water Resources Sustainability Division.

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