SEAOSD September 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

-Steve Jobs 

When you get where you're goin'
Don't forget turn back around
Help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

-Tim McGraw


No need to refresh your browser, that picture really is me.  Or rather, it was me (9 years old, in case you wondered).  Since most of you don’t know me, I’ve chosen that photo as a way of introducing myself to you.  Although I want my story to tell you a little bit about me, it’s really a story about mentors, and I hope that over the next year you’ll each find a bit of your own story in these monthly messages as well. 

I was given that photo by my father’s sister, when she was 93, shortly before she died.  On the back of the photo, in my father’s shaky hand, is the date of December 9, 1984.  My father mailed that photo to my aunt a few hours before my mother had a heart attack and died.

An unemployed World War 2 veteran with a fourth-grade education, my 63-year-old father was suddenly alone and caring for two young boys.  We were dirt poor before, but those seemed like the good old days in comparison to the difficulty that followed.  We lost our ramshackle house.  I stood in lines to collect government cheese and rice.  We lived check to check, and yes, they were welfare checks.  We had nothing, except each other.  Five years later, Dad died. 

That sounds bad, and it was; but it wasn’t all bad.  I went to live with my grandparents.  We still lived check to check, and sometimes we had to borrow money that never got paid back, but there was hard work, too.  My grandfather put me to work on weekends at a little sawmill in the hills above Fresno, where we were paid $65 per 1,000 board foot.  At 126 pounds soaking wet, I’m not sure I helped much.  It was dangerous, too, with a 3-foot diameter circular saw that was powered by a Volkswagen engine.  There were all manner of industrial accidents, including fires and flying shrapnel from broken saw teeth.  Good times.  Although I loved being in the mountains, I knew I didn’t want to run that one-man sawmill for the rest of my life. 

Although I was fairly smart in school, and I definitely had a bit of Horatio Alger’s “luck, pluck, and skill” in me, the path from there to here is not one that I blazed on my own.  Any success that I’ve had, has begun with the help of a mentor, or a helping hand when I was falling.  Teachers and pastors in those difficult formative years, who taught me lessons both practical and transcendent.  Family who had no money, but poured their hopes, dreams, and aspirations into me when I was lacking.  The advisor at Cal Poly who convinced me that although I was on academic probation, I had lots of time to make Dean’s List and President’s List.  The young woman who refused to stop believing in me, even when her father threatened to disown her for it. 

And of course, there have been mentors and cheerleaders in my engineering career.  Jim Wiseman taught me the value of careful detailing.  Steve Rohy challenged my calcs and code interpretations.  Brandon Deems seemed to think I could do anything.  Ryan Turner called me up to talk about getting more involved in SEAOSD, and Mike Braund and Curtis Patterson convinced me that I would be okay as President. 

I’m not the smartest engineer, but I find satisfaction in getting to pass on the lessons I have learned.  Hopefully you do, too.  In the past year, I’ve been inspired by people who take that to another level.  The outreach that Sarah Witt does on behalf of our PR committee.  Lianne Bell’s involvement in ACE Mentoring.  Jacqui Le’s leadership of YMF.  Chad Closs and Lenard Tran’s efforts with the Student Liaison and Scholarship committees.  To these people and everyone who has stepped up to volunteer with them, I would like to say (on behalf of the 9 year old boy in that photo) “thank you, you are making a difference!”.   

It's the start of a new school year.  Make a New Year’s Resolution to help connect the dots in someone’s future.  If you would like to get involved in a committee or local volunteer organization, please contact me at scrook@lpadesignstudios.com or our Executive Director, Heather Caya at seaosd@cox.net.   

Speaking of “stepping up”, please join me in thanking those who have volunteered to serve on the new Board of Directors for SEAOSD.  Jose Restrepo and Aaron Pebley join us as Directors.  Chad Closs has taken on the position of Treasurer, and Casey Whitsett serves as your Vice President.   Luvelyn Benitez and Aaron Beebe continue as Directors, and Curtis Patterson bring his skills and experience to bear, as Past President. 

If you’re going to the SEAOC convention, stick around for Friday afternoon Track 1, where our very own Dr. Anna Lang will be presenting.  That’s just a preview, though; we’ve invited her to take a victory lap at our September meeting.  See the website for details.  Seriously, don’t miss it!  Especially if you voted for a Resiliency-themed presentation in our poll back in May.

I look forward to representing you on the SEAOSD Board as President and on SEAOC’s Board for the coming year.

Thank You all for making SEAOSD such an inspiring association!

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD President

2018-2019

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Welcome New Members

New Members for August
Veronica Franco ~ Associate
Megen Ngo ~ Associate
Michael Romanowski ~ Member SE


 

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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

 

SEAOSD Member Dinner September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

SEAOSD Member Dinner September 18, 2018

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SEAOSD Business Forum Committee Meeting September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Cavignac and Associates
450 B Street, 18th floor
San Diego, CA 92101

SEAOSD Business Forum Committee Meeting September 28, 2018

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SEAOSD October 4, 2018 Young Professionals 101, Topic: Anchorage (not Alaska) + Happy Hour

October 04, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hands On Demo 5pm-6pm 8303 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
Happy Hour 6pm-7:30pm SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92111 www.societebrewing.com
San Diego, CA 92111

SEAOSD October 4, 2018 Young Professionals 101, Topic: Anchorage (not Alaska) + Happy Hour

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SEAOSD October 23, 2018 Luncheon "Fiber-Reinforced Concrete; a Review on Design, Specifications, and Practice"

October 23, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

SEAOSD October 23, 2018 Luncheon "Fiber-Reinforced Concrete; a Review on Design, Specifications, and Practice"

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SEAOSD Business Forum Committee Meeting November 2, 2018

November 02, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Cavignac and Associates
450 B Street, 18th floor
San Diego, CA 92101

SEAOSD Business Forum Committee Meeting November 2, 2018

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Save the Dates:
October 23, 2018 Luncheon
November 13, 2018 Dinner Meeting

January 15, 2019 Luncheon
February 19, 2019 Student Night
March 19, 2019 Luncheon
April 9, 2019 Dinner Meeting
April 29, 2019 Annual Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks
May 21, 2019 Luncheon Fellows Honored
June 18, 2019 Awards Night

 

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Job Forum

Classified Job Listing

  • SEA News charges $100 ($150 for non-members) for “Job Posting” ads for 2 months in SEAOSD Newsletter.

  • In addition, the advertisement will be posted at www.seaosd.org under “Job Forum” for 2 months.

  • Please limit ads to 100 words and one graphic that may include company logo (4” x 2”).

  • Advertisements may be renewed or extended for $50 ($75 for non-members) per each additional month.

SUBMIT AN AD - Member

SUBMIT AN AD - NON MEMBER

Senior Structural Engineer

Division of State Architect - State of CA

Job Posting
Aug. 31, 2018

 

Experienced Structural Engineer (3+ years)

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Aug. 31, 2018

 

Structural Engineer - Experienced

The Consulting Engineers Group-NM, P.C.

Job Posting
Aug. 23, 2018

 

Structural Engineer - Entry-Level

The Consulting Engineers Group-NM, PC

Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018

 

Project Engineer

Qualls Engineering

Job Posting
Aug. 8, 2018

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SEAOSD Mentor Program

“Share your passion for Structural Engineering with budding college students! Sign up to be a mentor for a day and introduce your mentee to the world of structural engineering. Take part in an opportunity to show the next generation of structural engineers the different aspects of this industry and what it entails. Truss us. It’ll be fun!”

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Advertisement Policy

September 5, 2018

 

Dear Potential Sponsor/Donor:

 

The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) incorporated as a non-profit corporation on October 2, 1967, and has been serving San Diego Structural Engineers and the community ever since.  Our mission is to advance the structural engineering profession through the improvement of the quality of design and construction; to assist the public in obtaining professional structural engineering services; to promote natural hazard mitigation; to provide continuing education and encourage research; to provide Structural Engineers with the most current information and tools to improve their practice; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession. 

 

On behalf of SEAOSD, I would like to formally invite you to participate in our advertising and sponsorship program.  Attached is our updated Advertising Policy that outlines a wide variety of options to choose from to fit your specific needs.  Given our association comprises over 300 members, this is an excellent opportunity to promote and reach out to the local engineering profession.  This includes job forum postings, displaying your business card in our Professional Directory, adding your company logo to our website, sponsoring one of our monthly member meetings, or participating in our annual golf tournament each spring.  There are also several sponsorship packages you may want to consider that offer discounted rates with a packaged deal. 

 

I would like to emphasize that as a non-profit organization, your continued support is vital for our association to uphold our mission and advance the structural engineering profession.  This includes the ongoing work of our local and state committees ranging from structural standards development, sustainable design, public relations, advising local government, and business forum activities.  SEAOSD has also been heavily involved with student organizations, including job shadowing programs, awarding student scholarships, as well as hosting an annual “Student Night” that provides a unique opportunity for local college students to meet design professionals and learn more about the structural engineering profession.

 

If you would like to take advantage and benefit from these opportunities while also helping to strengthen our association, please contact our Executive Director, Heather Caya, at (619) 733-2734 or seaosd@cox.net.  Please note that the Annual Sponsorship Program extends during SEAOSD’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, and a 10% discount is available for all sponsorship payments received by September 30, 2018. 

 

Thank you again in advance for your support of our association. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Steven Crook, S.E.

President 2018-2019

 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO

Non-Profit Organization 501(c)(6)

Tax ID #23-7016819

 

Click here for the 2018-2019 Advertising Policy

 

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