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Alumnus Fernando Frontera named 2015 Rising Star

Alumnus Fernando Frontera (BSE CE '05, MS CE '06) was named a 2015 Rising Star in Civil and Structural Engineering by Civil and Structural Engineer magazine.| Short Read
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The Rising Stars list recognizes 20 professionals, 40 years old or younger, working in the United States, who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and society. Frontera, S.E., LEED AP, is an associate with Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering in Honolulu.

“[He] joined the firm in 2006 as structural designer, working in high seismic regions such as Hawaii, Guam, and India. With an interest in blast and antiterrorism design, Frontera studied the principals of design under an experienced engineer and eventually developed his own spreadsheets to perform blast analysis on his first blast hardening project in 2009. Since then, he has further developed his expertise by independent study, and formal blast training courses. He is now managing blast hardening and antiterrorism projects at BASE, such as the $70 million Joint Traffic Management Center in Honolulu. He was one of the first employees at BASE to become a LEED Accredited Professional. Once the mentee, Frontera is now the mentor and is recognized by colleagues as a leader. He is currently the president of the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii and has been a catalyst of change in the organization,” the magazine states.

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