NBM is a structural engineering technology company. But we’re also inventors, creators, and rule breakers.

Services

As you’re reading this, we’re tackling some of the world’s biggest structural engineering industry challenges. We’re highly selective about the work we choose to do, focusing on construction product studies to whole building analysis and design, code certification to high fidelity earthquake simulations. It makes us a stronger, more thoughtful partner on the projects we do take on.

Our Team

What do you get when you combine uncommonly deep roots in academia with uncommonly deep practical applications in the real world? The uncommonly deep minds and resumes of NBM Technologies. We are a global structural engineering technology firm that has a singular mission: Go Beyond Today. To do so, we have to be constantly leaning forward, relentlessly pursuing excellence. We have to lead the industry.

SONJA L. ALLEN, ESQ.

Corporate Adminstrator

SONJA L. ALLEN, ESQ.


Sonja is formally trained as an attorney with Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia and Howard University, respectively. She has over 15 years of experience working as a corporate-level Senior and Managing Attorney, as well as devoting time as a solo practitioner. She keeps the efficient NBM machine running on all cylinders, and in her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her greatest accomplishment – her son.

JAMES K. GUEST, PH.D.

Principal

JAMES K. GUEST, PH.D.


Jamie has over 15 years research experience in the area of design optimization, with a primary focus on topology optimization from the “small scale” (cellular materials) to the “large scale” (framing systems). He has been an international leader in the development of computational design optimization tools and the creative application of additively manufactured components, and is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University where he leads the Topology Optimization Group. We’re still puzzling over how Jamie finds time to chase around his young kids.

VAHID MEIMAND, PH.D.

Senior Engineer

VAHID MEIMAND, PH.D.


Vahid is a structural engineer with advanced degrees from The Johns Hopkins University. He is focused on implementing state-of-the-art structural engineering tools for NBM’s biggest customers. He is also a lecturer in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Vahid enjoys both theoretical and hands-on problem-solving, which includes deducing how best to target the upper right 90° on the soccer pitch.

CRISTOPHER D. MOEN, PH.D., P.E.

President

CRISTOPHER D. MOEN, PH.D., P.E.


Cris is a forward-looking structural engineer with over 15 years of consulting experience and advanced degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. He is passionate about moving the structural engineering profession ahead through NBM and his research and teaching at Virginia Tech. Cris is addicted to running and always enjoys a random trip to somewhere across the world.

Cris’s Virginia Tech research website

BENJAMIN W. SCHAFER, PH.D., P.E.

Senior Principal

BENJAMIN W. SCHAFER, PH.D., P.E.


Ben is a passionate innovator, engineer, researcher, and educator with over 20 years of research and consulting experience. He has been a driving force in advancing research and applications for thin-walled structures, particularly cold-formed steel structures, throughout his career. In addition to serving as Senior Principal at NBM he is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium. Ben lives with his wife and child in a thin-walled structure in Washington D.C., where he coaches youth soccer and regularly runs.  

Ben’s Johns Hopkins research website

SHAHAB TORABIAN, PH.D.

Senior Engineer

SHAHAB TORABIAN, PH.D.


SHAHAB TORABIAN, PH.D.

 

Shahab is an engineer, researcher and educator with over 10 years of consulting experience in a wide range of engineering projects. Highlights include design and detailing of tall and special structures, seismic rehabilitation, and advanced analysis. In addition to his consulting work through NBM, he is a research professor at Johns Hopkins University and a principal investigator of the CFSRC, advancing design specifications for cold-formed steel standards. Shahab is extraordinarily serious and doesn’t do anything for fun whatsoever.

Brooks Smith, EIT

Engineer

Brooks Smith, EIT


Brooks brings to NBM his diverse experience as a forensic engineer based in New York City and as a research engineer based in Australia. When he’s not getting excited about new materials, fancy computational analyses, or investigations of existing structures in either his NBM or University of Massachusetts research employment, he is devoted to humanitarian work for Engineers Without Borders. Brooks is also an avid bicyclist and loves any chance he can get to go hiking, also without borders.

Sanjay R. Arwade, Ph.D.

Principal

Sanjay R. Arwade, Ph.D.


Sanjay has 20 years of research experience in probabilistic structural mechanics with focus areas in random heterogeneous materials, structural reliability, offshore structures and soil-structure interaction.  He is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and can often be found trying to move fast through the woods on foot or on skis.