Farzad Naeim is the founder and President of Farzad Naeim Inc. Prior to found it, he was the Vice President and General Counsel at John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from University of Southern California in 1982 and his J.D. with highest honors in 2002. In 2007, he received the Fazlur Khan Medal for lifetime achievements from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He has served two terms (1995 and 2011) as the President of the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council. Dr. Naeim is a Past-President and an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).  Farzad has published four textbooks, more than 140 peer-reviewed papers, and has developed 45 different software systems for earthquake engineering design and education.  Dr. Naeim has served as Technical Director for many landmark structures in California and across the United States.