Virginia-Based Structural Engineer Earns Fellow Status

May 5, 2017


Weiying Shirley Chiang, P.E., LEED AP, F.ASCE, a building structural design engineer with 23 years of continual design practice in southeastern Virginia and south Florida, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Chiang is currently a supervising engineer with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Virginia Beach. She is a team leader specializing in building projects in transportation infrastructure and military facilities. Her design practice covers a wide range of construction types in various market sectors. She is a sought-after problem solver in her organization because of her communicable confidence, her ability to disseminate complex issues to simple tasks for a team to tackle, and her innovative solutions to seemingly mundane issues.

A notable strength of her team is its ability for in-depth structural analysis through a three-dimensional modeling that effectively interprets a construction into theoretical representation. Their combination of technical acumen and practical experience has achieved success in resolving as-built conditions deemed nonconforming to standard, cost-effective structural solution for design-build projects, and tasks perhaps considered by others as too problematic. Whether in design or investigation, the projects are consistently delivered with high quality. Her team is in step with the progress of technology. For nearly a decade, BIM (building information modeling) has been their standard working platform.

Chiang is also experienced in anti-terror force protection design. She and her team have provided blast mitigation design or consultation for many military facilities. The capability of dynamic analysis of blast loading has enabled significant savings in design-build projects. Prior to relocating to Virginia in 2007, Chiang spent well over a decade designing building structures in Miami, FL. Most of her work focuses on high-rise concrete structures with a post-tension flat slab system.

She has been a member of ASCE since 2004, and has participated in many ASCE-sponsored activities both at her local chapter and at the national level. She is well aware that the responsibilities of a senior engineer go far beyond finishing design projects, and hence she conducts informational presentations within her organization and has contributed an article to PB’s Network publication. She also supports many charities and cultural diversity activities.

Chiang received a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami in 1995 and became a professional engineer in Florida soon after. She was licensed in Virginia in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from South China University of Technology, in Guangzhou, China.

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