Lin Zhu

As an Engineer, Lin Zhu has been exposed to a variety of construction materials including masonry, wood, light gauge, steel and concrete. Her experience includes analysis and design of schools, retail buildings, office buildings and residential complexes. She has also worked on the evaluation, analysis and design of many existing structures. Lin strives for excellence and efficiency in her engineering deliverables and well-roundedness as an engineering professional.

Lin received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley. Lin’s passion for structural engineering initiated from an interest in architecture. She aims to use her expertise to collaborate with architects and to facilitate the evolvement of an architecturally challenging structure.

Lin has participated in the ACE mentor program to share knowledge and to encourage high school students in the Bay Area to pursue their interests in architecture, construction and engineering. Lin has completed ATC-20 Post earthquake safety Evaluation of buildings training and volunteered to help in a post-seismic event.

Lin has many hobbies outside of the office including hot yoga and skating on weekends. She also loves to go on road trips with friends and explore new places.

Professional Associations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • US Green Building Council Northern California (USGBC)





Stephanie Borchers

As an Engineer at Forell/Elsesser, Stephanie brings a broad range of structural design experience to the team. She has worked on architecturally significant structures across the globe, including museums, sculptures, and other cultural institutions. She has performed design and analysis for projects in areas of high seismicity, and has experience with design for progressive collapse. She has worked with a variety of materials, ranging from concrete, steel, and timber, to aluminum and carbon fiber. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree from Cooper Union and her Master’s degree from MIT.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and attending architectural lectures and events.

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIASF)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)

Recent Awards

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship 2014 (MIT)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Scholarship 2013 (Cooper Union)