Hal Amick, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President

Hal Amick works on problems related to structural and soil dynamics, rail and transportation vibrations, mechanical vibrations, and community or workplace vibrations. He is experienced in signals processing, finite element modeling and many aspects of structural and soil dynamics. Hal Amick has worked extensively in the design and peer-review of low vibration environments for advanced technology facilities.

Hal Amick joined Colin Gordon Associates in 1996, after spending eleven years with Bolt Beranek & Newman and Acentech. Prior to 1990, he worked closely with Colin Gordon at BBN. At Colin Gordon Associates he focuses on the design and maintenance of low-vibration environments for vibration-sensitive facilities used for research, development and production of microelectronics as well as those used for nanotechnology, optics research, advanced physics and bioscience studies. He oversees the firm's work involving structural dynamics. His early consulting work involved a wide variety of structural settings, including nuclear power plant seismic analysis, container crane design, and structural failure analysis. He has served as vibration consultant for several key government research agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energy.

His academic research activities addressed the vibration damping properties of concrete and means by which they might be modified, particularly using polymer additives. The results of his research are being applied to several nanotechnology R&D facilities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California
  • Master of Engineering - Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California
  • Master of Science - Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California
  • Bachelor of Science - Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

Honors and Professional Societies

  • Registered Civil Engineer (P.E.) in California
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST); member of several IEST Working Groups
  • Organizer and Chair, SPIE Conference "Buildings for Research at Nano Scale and Beyond"
  • Member of Organizing Committee, "Buildings for Advanced Technology Workshop" Series

Selected Project Experience

  • Advanced Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Multiple Fabs and TFT/LCD Facilities in US and Asia
  • M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Houston, Texas
  • Genentech Hall (Building 24), University of California, San Francisco, Mission Bay Campus
  • Knudsen Hall West, UCLA, Los Angeles
  • Huntsman Cancer Research Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • California Nano Systems Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Birck Nanotechnology Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • All five Nanotechnology Centers, U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Alberta (Canada)

Papers, Presentations and Publications

Hal Amick has written and presented many papers and reports, and has published extensively

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