The Liftech Team

Erik Soderberg

Erik Soderberg, SE
President, Principal

Mr. Soderberg oversees the technical and contractual aspects of Liftech’s projects in addition to his design work. He is experienced in the design, review, repair, and modification of a variety of structural and crane related systems including wharves and piers, container handling cranes, and bulk loader structures. Other structures include crane lift and transfer systems, and concrete and steel floats. He is involved in strategic planning and technical development.

Mike Jordan

Michael Jordan, SE
Chief Structural Advisor, Founding Principal

Mr. Jordan founded Liftech in 1964. He is an internationally recognized expert in the container crane industry. He has been involved in the container industry evolution since participating in the design of the first dockside container crane structure for Matson in 1958. Since then, he has designed the structures of thousands of duty cycle cranes, prepared numerous specifications for the design of duty cycle cranes, and investigated fatigue damage problems and major failures caused by fatigue crack growth and brittle fracture.

Arun Bhimani

Arun Bhimani, SE
Chairman of the Board, Principal

Mr. Bhimani is an expert in all phases of container crane and wharf design. He has developed innovative solutions to container crane design problems including a technique for combining analysis with heat straightening for repairing damaged container crane booms, the first seafastening design for transporting fully erected container cranes on barges, and a structural maintenance program used to periodically inspect cranes.

Catherine A. Morris

Catherine Morris, SE
Vice President, Principal

Ms. Morris has a wide range of experience in the design of container cranes, buildings, and special structures. She has worked on all facets of container crane design including designing new cranes, reviewing crane designs, crane modification designs, and voyage bracing. She has been involved in the design of one-to-seven-story office, retail, commercial, and industrial buildings. She has also reviewed and designed reinforcing for barge structures for transport of various equipment, designed chassis storage racks, and analyzed and designed equipment to lift and replace steam generators in nuclear power plants.


Jonathan Hsieh, SE
Vice President, Principal

Mr. Hsieh is experienced in design, review, analysis, and modification of container cranes, bulk handling cranes, and special structures. His expertise includes crane procurement, fatigue failure investigation and repair, and computer modeling and analysis. He has also worked on structural maintenance programs, seismic design of container cranes, crane instrumentation, and voyage bracing.

Teresa Ferguson

Teresa Ferguson
Associate, CFO

Ms. Ferguson has experience in project controls and delivery specifically related to operation of intermodal shipping and rail terminals. Her most recent relevant work experience includes project controls of BNSF Railway’s capital improvement projects working as a liaison between BNSF and the State of California Department of Transportation for budget and schedule monitoring. She is well versed in the use of scheduling software and detailed work breakdown structure elements to assist in overall project delivery.

Sugiarto Loni

Sugiarto Loni, SE

Mr. Loni has extensive management experience and design expertise with marine terminal structures including crane-wharf interface, container and intermodal yard structures, and building facilities. He is responsible for contract negotiations, technical oversight, and quality assurance of project deliverables. His work includes managing a variety of engineering projects ranging from small projects with short duration to large projects with multi-discipline coordination. As project engineer, he performs civil and structural design of wharves and marine structures and seismic retrofit design of existing building structures.

Kenton Lee, PE

Kenton Lee, SE

Mr. Lee is experienced in design, analysis, and project management of container cranes, floating cranes, rigging, and special structures. He specializes in container and floating crane procurement projects and crane modification projects. He is also involved in preparing structural maintenance programs. Some of the technical aspects of his work that are of special interest to him are steel connection design, wind effects on structures, wind tunnel testing, and structural fatigue of steel structures.

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy, PE

Mr. McCarthy is experienced in container crane procurement, modification, reliability, and repairs. His work includes project management, condition assessment, and developing structural maintenance programs and repair procedures. He is Liftech’s manager for developing crane technical specifications and helps clients with pre-bid assistance, post-award design and fabrication review, and post-delivery structural assessment. He has expertise in wind loading, is responsible for Liftech’s wind standards, develops crane wind criteria for ports worldwide, has been involved in wind tunnel and other wind studies, and is an associate member of the Subcommittee on Wind Loads of ASCE 7.

Derrick Lind

Derrick Lind, SE

Mr. Lind is a structural engineer experienced in designing and evaluating existing industrial yard and marine structures. He has worked as project manager on several container crane procurement and modification projects including dual hoist tandem lift and low profile container crane designs. He also has experience with the design of various structural systems for commercial, industrial, and transportation facilities including buildings, foundations, seismic upgrades, and additions.

Anna Dix, SE

Anna Dix, SE

Ms. Dix is a registered structural engineer in California with experience in the design and analysis of various steel and concrete structures. Her focus is on ship-to-shore cranes and other structures that reside next to, in, or on top of the water, such as heavy lift and container handling equipment, wharves, and floating cranes. She likes earthquake and fatigue engineering topics and working with clients.

Simo Hoite

Simo Hoite, PE

Mr. Hoite is a registered professional engineer with extensive experience in container crane design, modifications, specifications, and procurement, as well as container and rail terminal operations. His experience includes development of innovative RTG and STS crane designs for container terminals. He is also experienced in the heavy rigging industry and has managed substantial design projects including wharf design.

Leah Olson

Leah Olson, PE

Ms. Olson has managed multiple wharf and float projects, and has participated in the design, analysis, and modification of wharf and float structures, container cranes, steel barges, and other rigging structures. She has evaluated the behavior of various concrete and steel structures using finite element analysis (FEA) computer software. Her work includes project management, structural analysis and design, and site inspection and reporting.

Di Liu, PE

Di Liu, PE

Mr. Liu is an experienced designer and project manager. His work includes structural analysis, design review, modification review, and feasibility studies of container cranes, wharves, and other structures. He has an MS and PhD from the University of Kentucky. He did his undergraduate work at Beijing University of Technology.

Lu Yan

Lu Yan, PE

Ms. Yan is experienced in project management, structural analysis, design review, and feasibility studies of container cranes and other structures. Her work includes container crane design and review, container crane relocation feasibility studies, building foundation structural analysis and design review, fuel yard design review, and hangar retrofit structural analysis.

Tais Shiratsubaki

Tais Shiratsubaki, PE

Ms. Shiratsubaki is experienced in project management and design and analysis of various marine structures including container cranes, container handling equipment, bulk material handling equipment, and floats and gangways. Her work includes crane raise analysis and jacking frame design review for container crane modification projects.

Juan Anderez, AIA
Construction Site Representative

Mr. Anderez has extensive experience in architectural design and construction management. His experience includes collaborating with team members on design and project development, writing and reviewing AIA architectural and construction contracts, reviewing bids for owners, permitting, estimating, and site management. He is currently Liftech’s Construction Site Representative on our project to provide engineering services for cranes and infrastructure at Broward County Port Everglades Department, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Yinan Guo
Structural Designer

Ms. Guo is an engineer in training. She has a BS in civil engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, and an MS in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Coursework included dynamics of structures, earthquake-resistant design, nonlinear structural analysis, design of steel and composite structures, reinforced concrete structures, prestressed concrete structures, and wood structures. Professional experience includes finite element analysis, stress and fatigue analysis, crane and wharf seismic interaction analysis, and crane seismic analysis. She has worked on several wharf projects, including performing girder and pile calculations.

Alvin Hoffpauir

Alvin Hoffpauir
Structural Drafter

Mr. Hoffpauir is an experienced structural drafter, 3D modeler, and AutoCAD customizer. Alvin manages Liftech’s AutoCAD work and developed Liftech’s AutoCAD Standards Manual. His structural drafting and 3D modeling skills support Liftech’s engineers in the design, analysis, and modification of container cranes, wharf structures, and other rigging structures.