Daedalus Structural Engineering
Bryan Cortnik

Bryan G. Cortnik, P.E., S.E.

Bryan is au fait in his craft with years of diverse experience in the design of different building types ranging from new buildings to retrofit of older buildings. He is a thought leader in the field of shoring and earth retention and foundation systems, with specific expertise and significant experience with permanent and temporary soil nail walls, soil stabilization using steel soldier piles with or without tiebacks, internally braced systems, shear pins, deep soil mixing, and micro piles.

A native Californian, Bryan is well-traveled in the US, due in part to his service on both local and national engineering committees for the Deep Foundation Institute (DFI), including the “Codes and Standards Committee,” “Seismic and Lateral Loads Committee,” and “Micropile Committee”. Bryan has also served on the Seismology Committee at local and state levels for the Structural Engineers Association (SEAONC and SEAOC), including as a past seismology Chair with SEAONC.  Bryan is the sole author of a peer reviewed publication with the tentative title “Temporary and Permanent Shoring Design Guide”, a practical design guide for practicing engineers that is scheduled to be released in 2018, published by the National Council of Structural Engineering Association (NCSEA).

Bryan received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and his Master’s from San Jose State University. Bryan’s services in earth retention engineering are in high demand. When not working, Bryan is an experienced fly fisherman and a regular cyclist on Bay Area roads.

Doug Robertson

Doug Robertson, P.E., S.E.

Doug is an advocate for architecture and our most ardent promoter of engineering as a facilitator of great architecture. With over 35 years as a practicing engineer, he leads Daedalus in taking a system, rather than component based design approach when considering strength and stiffness of building systems, which leads to innovative solutions providing results that are not otherwise considered or thought feasible. Doug takes great care in developing strategies for important project design details while never losing sight or focus on other project values including project budget, schedule, and constructability. Doug has led many technologically innovative and diverse projects including new building design, seismic evaluation and strengthening, historic renovation and preservation, sustainable design, and implementation of energy dissipation technologies. He served as the lead engineer for the seismic isolation of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley Campus where base isolation was pioneered in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thoughtful and with years of practice, he is thorough in his evaluation to discern the most suitable engineering solutions.

Doug completed his studies in structural engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder before being drawn to California with its wealth of opportunity in building design and the intrigue of seismic engineering. Looking to give back to the community, he spent three years as member and chair of Saratoga's planning commission. Doug is an amateur wood worker, enjoys cooking mostly because he enjoys great food, and enjoys almost any outdoor activity.

Mae R. Kawamoto

Mae R. Kawamoto, P.E., S.E.

Mae values sustainability in architecture, be it in adaptive reuse of structures or incorporating natural cooling methods, and advocates for sustaining our resources by being conscientious of what we leave behind. With her degrees in both Architectural Engineering and Architecture, with a focus on sustainability, she has led many LEED certified projects and looks for opportunities to undertake design challenges incorporating sustainable features and expressing structure within architecture. Her design experience includes custom residential buildings, public and private school buildings, civic buildings, commercial buildings and public art.

Mae received her two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and a B.Arch in Architecture, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Having lived in Southern, Central and Northern California, Mae enjoys the year-round sunny weather to have family time outdoors on two, four or eight wheels and as a former swimmer and water polo player savors getting in a good morning swim.

Marisa Nolasco

Marisa Nolasco, P.E.

With over a decade of Revit experience, Marisa is passionate about the advantages BIM provides to the industry and has taken leadership in ensuring that standards and quality of work reflect the caliber of design. As a former BIM Manager Marisa has experience in high-density, multi-family, single-family residential, civic, commercial, and private and public school projects. Now doing fulltime structural engineering, Marisa takes pride in ensuring that client design aesthetics are not only preserved but enhanced through careful and considerate detailing. Having moved to California from Colorado at an early age, Marisa considers herself essentially a native. She received her B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. When not in the office, you will find Marisa in the gym, in the kitchen, or cruising in the convertible enjoying the many wineries our pacific region has to offer.

Jessica Chen

Jessica Chen, P.E.

Resonating with Daedalus’ mission of utilizing structure to help realize architectural visions, Jessica strives to be an engineer who is also an architect. With degrees in both engineering and architecture, Jessica provides artistic sensibility and pragmatic insight as well as a team-oriented attitude to any project. A Cal bear through and through, Jessica received her M.Arch in Architecture and her M.S. in Structural Engineering after receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Jessica has lived in the Bay Area all her life and enjoys any outdoor activity land activity.

Emma Barraza

Emma Barraza, P.E.

Emma was born and raised in the Silicon Valley. After interning with Daedalus, Emma returned to the Bay Area to join the Daedalus team full time once she graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering. Drawn to the attention Daedalus puts on integrating structural details into architectural features, she looks at architecture in a new light and is excited to be part of that design process. In her free time Emma enjoys spending time with friends and at the beach as well as travelling to different countries to explore the culture and eat authentic food.

Stefanie Bray

Stefanie Bray, Business Development and Office Management

A natural organizer and planner, Stefanie is responsible for marketing/business development as well as the day to day office management at Daedalus. Inspired by Daedalus’ innovative design approach, Stefanie has enjoyed learning more about the industry and getting to know her colleagues in other offices. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys playing tennis and spending time at the beautiful California coast with her family and her two dogs.