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Andrew W. Taylor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1990 
M.S., University of Washington, 1985 
B.S., University of Washington, 1983

Andy Taylor is an Associate at KPFF Consulting Engineers in Seattle. For nearly 30 years, he has provided exceptional leadership in structural engineering research and design practice. An expert in seismic design and performance of buildings, he is a widely-known “troubleshooter” for handling complex problems from the rehabilitation of drydocks for nuclear submarines to some of the nation’s largest wind turbine installations and more.

Taylor grew up in the Seattle area and his earliest recollection of leaning towards structural engineering was his fascination with the structures of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, especially the Coliseum, Monorail and Space Needle. Fast forward a few years and he landed at UT Austin for his PhD studies working alongside Dr. John Breen. 

After earning his doctorate degree, he was a member of the Earthquake Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he conducted applied research on the seismic design of bridges and performance-based seismic design. He has participated on earthquake reconnaissance teams following the 1994 Northridge, 1995 Kobe, 2001 Nisqually, and 2011 Tohoku earthquakes. 

Throughout his career,  he has been involved in local and national technical committees that have sought to apply innovative research results to the advancement of structural design methods and building codes. 

The results of his research on concrete box piers have been adopted directly into the AASHTO bridge design code, and his research on earthquake damage modeling of concrete structures has received national recognition from ACI and NIST and earns tremendous respect from colleagues.