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Founded in 2008 by Humza Chowdhry

Founder Humza Chowdhry grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in San Jose, California, with his wife and two daughters. He has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Structural Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. His passion is to incorporate and promote sustainable methods and practices, help others achieve their dreams, and manifest work-life balance.

In 2008, Humza Chowdhry established HC Structural Engineering and Construction in San Mateo because he had a unique vision to bridge the needs and objectives of our clients (both public entities and private residential owners), and successfully implement a win-win solution (safety, control costs, communication, and quality services) for each project.

Humza understands that building the right team increases efficiency, cost-effective processes, and productivity. Each team member contributes unique strengths to this environment and enhances our company culture. This firm is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company, as well as a Home Advisor screened and approved company. These certifications and approvals ensure that we periodically go through a rigorous 10-point system, which analyzes our company internally and externally, in order to get a seal of approval from the most reliable professional screeners. What does this mean for you? It guarantees that your short-term and long-term objectives and goals are successfully met with integrity, exceptional performance, and superior service.

Today, this firm has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and provides full-service engineering, building design, BIM consulting, and construction services to the Bay Area. At HCSE, our team listens to our clients’ voices and understands that their needs are important, especially when challenges and inconveniences occur. We are dedicated to structural integrity, equilibrium conditions, and dynamic performance despite unexpected circumstances. At the end of the day, the solid foundation and reputation of HCSE, Inc. has allocated from consistent practices and maximizing exceptional services; therefore, improving the quality of life, one community at a time.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

Meet our team

Humza Chowdhry

Principal

Humza Chowdhry has over 15 years of structural engineering experience. His extensive list of structural engineering projects include: skate parks, medical centers, hospitals, schools, student housing, laboratories, and high end residential projects. He has a Bachelor in Science degree in Architectural Engineering with a Minor in Construction Management from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He obtained his masters in Civil Engineering with a minor in Geotechnical Engineering from San Jose State University. Humza is a registered professional Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in the State of California, as well as a licensed General Contractor.  He is  an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and the Structural Engineers of Northern California. He currently is an adjunct professor for the Civil Engineering Department at Santa Clara University

Jamie Greene

Associate Engineer

Jamie Greene graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and is currently an Engineer In Training. Jamie joined HCSE, Inc. in 2014 shortly after completing his undergraduate degree. As one of the firm’s Associate Engineers, his primary duties are to perform structural calculations, construct plans, and coordinate with clients on both residential and commercial projects. His main interests are in the design and analysis of reinforced concrete, timber, and steel structures with an emphasis on efficiency and constructability.

Scott Ruth

Project Manager

Scott Ruth graduated from San Jose State in 1989 with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. He was an advertising sales rep from 1989-1998 with the San Jose Mercury News and San Diego Union-Tribune. He and his wife met one of his advertisers who owned a flooring and window covering store and decided to purchase the business in 1999. Scott learned the business quickly and soon opened a flooring Super Store in San Diego. After acquiring his General Contractors license in 2006, he quickly grew into the residential and commercial markets.
Scott joined HCSE, Inc. in 2016 and has led most of the firm’s construction projects. His primary responsibilities are job site supervision and project management

Harshil Vikmani

Junior Engineer

Harshil Vikmani graduated from UCLA with an Masters of Science in Structural/Earthquake Engineering in September 2016. Harshil is currently a an Engineer-in-Training. He joined HCSE in 2016. As a Junior Engineer, his primary duties are to assist in the structural calculations and development of construction documents. His main interests are in Precast-Technology, Performance-based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE), Bridge Structures and Timber high-Rises.

Bernadette Pallen

Office Administrator

Bernadette Pallen graduated from University of Phoenix in 2012, with a Bachelor of Business Management. She has 28 years of office experience and will be responsible for all activities that enhances the day-to-day operations. Her main interests are to successfully accomplish daily office operations to ensure efficiency, compliance to company policies, and contribute to driving sustainable growth.

Marcus Yan

Engineering Consultant

Marcus Yan graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has over 6 years of experience in Structural Engineering. Marcus is a registered professional Civil Engineer in the State of California and Hong Kong, China. Major projects involved includes: Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion, West Kowloon Terminal MTR Station, Yellowstone Club Village, and MGM Grand Cotai. He joined HCSE, Inc originally in 2012 and recently came back in 2017 and as a Junior Engineer. His primary duties are to assist in structural calculations, construction documents, and building information modeling.

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