Vanessa Chow, PE

Sample Projects

  • Rusnak Mercedes Benz
    New 300,000 sf dealership with circular glass showroom, service bays, parts department and parking
    Arcadia, California
  • Rusnak Maserati & CPO Showrooms
    New showrooms, seismic retrofit, truss strengthening
    Pasadena, California
  • Rusnak Porsche
    New mezzanine, service area, column removal, truss strengthening, seismic retrofit and exterior canopy
    Pasadena, California
  • Rusnak Rolls Royce & Bentley
    New showroom, truss strengthening, seismic retrofit and tenant improvement
    Pasadena, California
  • Rusnak Jaguar & Land Rover
    Showroom addition and steel framed canopy
    Anaheim Hills, California
  • Rusnak Hyundai
    New sign supports
    Loma Linda, California
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
    New roof top dining area, stairs, bridge extension and seismic/gravity evaluation
    Long Beach, California
  • John Aaroe
    Truss strengthening, seismic upgrade of atrium, shoring design and tenant improvement
    Pasadena, California
  • Keslow Camera
    Seismic retrofit and tenant improvement
    Culver City, California

Project Engineer

Vanessa Chow joined Insight Structural Engineers in 2008 after obtaining her Masters of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and gaining three years of construction management experience. While at her previous firm, she provided on-site construction management services for the San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos.

Vanessa recently served as the Project Engineer on several new and existing buildings for Rusnak Auto Group. She has also performed numerous structural evaluations and provided construction documents for Boeing and Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems Division in El Segundo.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • University of California, San Diego
    Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering

Professional Registration and Accreditation

  • Civil Engineer, California

Professional Affiliations

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

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2008-present)
    Project Engineer
  • O’Connor Construction Management (2004-2007)
    Project Engineer


  • Contributed to design, modeling, cost analysis, construction and presentation for a Seismic Design Competition for Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER).

Awards and Honors

  • SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for Rusnak Pasadena, 2013
  • UC Berkeley Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • ASCE Impromptu Design Team Award, 2004
  • PEER Seismic Design Team Award, 2004