Helen Chow, PE

Sample Projects

  • Japanese American National Museum
    Seismic evaluation of 3-story unreinforced masonry historic building
    Los Angeles, California
  • 114-140 Union St
    Seismic upgrade of series of 5 inter-connected unreinforced masonry office buildings
    Pasadena, California
  • Manhattan Country Club Pool House
    New design of pool house with open rooftop and walkway to adjacent office building
    Manhattan Beach, California
  • Rexford Residence
    New design for 2-story colonial style wood-framed home
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Freedman Residence
    New design for 3-story concrete masonry & steel construction high-end home on mat-slab foundation
    Venice Beach, California
  • 8955 Beverly Blvd.
    Seismic upgrade and tenant improvement for steel and wood construction high-end retail store
    Los Angeles, California
  • Disney Brighton
    Seismic upgrade and tenant improvement of wood-framed office building
    Burbank, California
  • Disney Buena Vista
    Seismic upgrade and tenant improvement of reinforced masonry office building
    Burbank, California
  • Intel Bay 43 & 44*
    Design lateral system for heavily congested space above clean room. Utilizd 3-D BIM for coordination and provided support for construction sequencing
    Santa Clara, California
  • Lockheed B159 Stars Chamber*
    Designed new interstitial catwalk and guardrail system along interior perimeter of chambers
    Sunnyvale, California
  • Confidential Client*
    Finite element analysis and engineered repair of ruptured braced frame beams in existing 4-story office building
    SF Bay Area, California
*Helen worked on these projects during her employment at Rinne & Peterson, Degenkolb Engineers and Rudolph & Sletten Construction

Design Engineer

Helen Chow joined Insight Structural Engineers in 2014 after obtaining her Masters of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and gaining several years of experience at prominent structural engineering and construction firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While at her previous firms, Helen provided structural engineering services for Intel, Lockheed, Google, Western Digital and other high tech firms in the Silicon Valley area. She has also provided on-site construction management services for the Kaiser Permanente Cancer Treatment Center in South San Francisco. Helen has a passion for taking on challenging and unique projects, while delivering thoughtful and creative state of the art solutions to best meet client needs. She is experienced with BIM software and values clear, concise communication with all team members, including the Contractor.


  • University of California, Berkeley Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering

Professional Registration

  • Civil Engineer, California

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Structural Engineers Association of California
  • US Green Building Council

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2014-present)
    Design Engineer
  • Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers (2011-2014)
    Design Engineer & Intern
  • Degenkolb Engineers (2009-2011)
  • Rudolph & Sletten Construction (2008)

Awards and Honors

  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2011
  • UC Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor Fellowship, 2010
  • UC Berkeley Civil Engineering Class Citation for Highest GPA, 2009