Driven by curiosity and a passion for what he does, Dr. Collin Hal Amick has excelled in his profession for more than four decades. He began his career in 1974 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in civil and architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming. He briefly served as an engineer at EDS Nuclear in San Francisco. After this, he received a Master of Science in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and became a research engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1980, Dr. Amick served as an engineer at Liftech Consultants Inc. in Oakland, CA. He then received a Master of Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and became an assistant professor at Chadron State College in Nebraska. Following this, he became an instructor at Sheridan College in the Northern Wyoming Community College District from 1983 to 1985. He served as a senior engineer at Bolt Beranek and Newman (now Raytheon Company) from 1985 to 1990 and a senior consulting engineer at Acentech Incorporated from 1990 to 1996. In 1996, Dr. Amick joined Colin Gordon Associates in Brisbane, CA, where he served as a senior consulting engineer. He then returned to school at the age of 50, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Today, he has served as vice president of Colin Gordon Associates for more than a decade.
As a registered professional engineer in the state of California, Dr. Amick has also extended his expertise to the field in many ways outside of his primary professional appointments. In 2005, he served as the organizer, chair, and editor of “Buildings for Nanoscale Research and Beyond” for the proceedings of SPIE Conference 5933 in San Diego, CA. He has also contributed to industry textbooks such as “Structural Dynamics of Electronic and Photonic Systems,” “Buildings for Advanced Technology,” and the “Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook.” Additionally, throughout his career, Dr. Amick has been able to work with and learn from great engineers and scientists, many of whom are household names in their respective fields. In his spare time outside of work, Dr. Amick enjoys photography, genealogy, history, and writing. Looking toward the future, he plans to write books and papers to share what he has learned.
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