SEAOSD November 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
-William Blake

This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name
-Mike Shinoda

Maybe it’s the kids in costumes and the coming of Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t help seeing our profession through a harvest lens this month.  After all, a big part of the SEAOSD mission is analogous to sowing and reaping (of knowledge, rather than crops).  I love this proverb of William Blake’s, because it reminds us of two things: First, when you are starting out on a new endeavor, you should take the time to learn what has worked before; and second, when your efforts have borne fruit, don’t forget to pass on the knowledge to others, so that they may understand the path to success.

If you’ve got small kids, and you’ve read (or remember from your own youth) the story of the Little Red Hen, you can appreciate the “concentrated power of will” that our committee chairs sometimes must rely on to recruit members and inspire the work that leads to a rich harvest.  This month’s message is dedicated primarily to giving thanks to two people who have put in work as committee chairs.

Karyn Beebe’s work with APA (the Engineered Wood Association) led her into our Sustainability Committee.  After a few years volunteering, she took on the role of Co-Chair (with Jim Conley) in 2016.  Her energy and enthusiasm for sustainable design and structural engineering helped the committee to attract a number of nationally-known and respected speakers to present at committee meetings, bringing their knowledge of materials, sustainable design principles and ratings systems to our membership (including me!).  Under Karyn’s leadership, the local committee contributed to the state-wide Life Cycle Assessment study.  Along with Tony Court, Karyn worked with the state committee to co-author the paper “Sustainable Design: It’s the Least You can Do!” for the 2017 SEAOC Convention.  Karyn would like to say “thank you” to co-chair Jim Conley, as well as to Tony Court for his continued support and membership in the committee.  She may be bowing out from her leadership role, but Karyn will continue to participate in the committee as new leaders evolve the activities and mission of Sustainable Design.

Wayne Brown served on the Existing Buildings Committee for 5 years, with 3 of those years as chairperson.  During that time, EBC worked with the City of San Diego to understand and endorse ASCE 41, started an inventory of vulnerable buildings, and expanded the Safer Cities survey into San Diego.  Although we’re proud of this local effort, please don’t overlook the contributions he and his committee made at the state level: including assisting with the implementation and interpretation of the new CEBC, publishing guidance on moment frame bracing in soft story retrofits, and guidance on how to use and interpret the “10% rule”, which is still a work in progress.  Although Wayne did some heavy lifting, he had a lot of help, including major contributions from Ali Fattah, Tony Court, and Peter Maloney.  Peter will be taking over the role of chairperson.  Please consider volunteering to help Peter as the EBC takes its work to the next level: crafting ordinances in San Diego for vulnerable building types.

Thank you, Karyn!  Thank you, Wayne!  Not only have you made a difference during your time as leaders, you’ve shared knowledge so that we can continue your work.

The flip side of the harvest, and the first part of that proverb, is sowing.  This month, SEAOSD has undertaken the start of our own local committee on Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3).  Chris Cobb, Luvelyn Benitez, and Karen Huntington are spearheading this effort.  Come to our November meeting, and hear from Hayley Dickson, who has been working with SEAONC in the formulation and launch of the SE3 project at the state and national level.  As engineers, we are committed to data-driven solutions, and although this revolves around the personal (rather than technical) side of the business, the most valuable assets for any engineering firm are the people who work there.  Come to the meeting, learn about what the project has found.  If you’re interested, get in contact with Chris or Luvelyn, and be a part of this next generation effort.  It’s “seed time”, let’s go!

If you’re new to the SE3 project, check out the short video SEAONC put together:

If you would like to get involved in a committee or project, please contact me at [email protected] or our Executive Director, Heather Caya at [email protected].   

I hope to see you around. 

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD President




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Welcome New Members

New Members for November

Scott Stoeckinger ~ Student
Matthew Seidel ~ Student
Azeez Aderounmu ~ Student
Chelsea Kemmerrer ~Member
Marisol Rivas ~ Student
Ryan Swenson ~ Industry
Kim Kha ~ Student
Isabel Cushman ~ Student
Elseh Lakhani ~ Associate
Laith Quntar ~ Associate



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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

SEAOSD Member Dinner November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

SEAOSD Member Dinner November 13, 2018

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SEAOSD & ASCE Joint Luncheon on December 18, 2018 "Emergency Wharf Repair At North Embarcadero, San Diego, CA"

December 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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

SEAOSD & ASCE Joint Luncheon on December 18, 2018 "Emergency Wharf Repair At North Embarcadero, San Diego, CA"

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SEAOSD & ACI San Diego Joint luncheon March 19, 2019 "ACI 562-16 – The ACI Concrete Repair Code"

March 19, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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

SEAOSD & ACI San Diego Joint luncheon March 19, 2019 "ACI 562-16 – The ACI Concrete Repair Code"

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2019 SEAOSD Scholarship Application

Student Scholarships

2019 SEAOSD Scholarship Announcement

The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) is pleased to announce the 2019 SEAOSD Scholarship.  Undergraduate and graduate students from SDSU and UCSD who are studying and planning on pursuing a career in structural engineering are eligible.

Scholarships will be awarded as follows:

  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one undergraduate student at SDSU
  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one undergraduate student at UCSD
  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one university graduate student at-large from either SDSU or UCSD


The criteria for selection will include academic achievement, involvement in the structural engineering community, leadership, a desire to pursue a career in the field of structural engineering and financial need.  Students must also be official student members of SEAOSD which is completely free!  If you are not a member, please fill out the membership application at:


Students who wish to apply shall provide the following information via an online application before end of day Friday, January 4, 2019 and also meet the minimum requirements noted below:

  1. Resume – including honors, activities, organizations, SEAOSD activities and work experience, (1 Page Maximum).
  2. Transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).
  3. 500 Word Essay - describing your reason for pursuing structural engineering, your professional aspirations for after graduation and brief description of financial need.
  4. Letter of Recommendation – from an instructor or work supervisor. The letter should center on the students character, leadership qualities, career interest in structural engineering and potential for growth. It is highly encouraged to get a letter of recommendation from an instructor other than the faculty advisor to your student organization.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • 3.2 Graduate GPA if applying for the Graduate Student Scholarship and have completed Graduate coursework
  • Be involved in at least one extracurricular activity. These can include service groups, professional/engineering organizations or clubs, social societies, volunteer programs or other noteworthy extracurricular involvement.  Activities related to the SEAOSD Student Group will be more heavily weighted.


The scholarship awards will be presented at our annual “SEAOSD Student Night with Industry” dinner meeting being held on February 19, 2019. The scholarship winners must be present at Student Night in order to collect their award!

We at SEAOSD are proud to continue our tradition of supporting local Structural Engineering programs and look forward to receiving your applications! 

Please apply via the following link: Click here                                        

For all questions please contact Lenard Tran the SEAOSD Student Liaison for 2019 at: [email protected]    



Lenard Tran and the SEAOSD Board of Directors

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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 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.



Job Posting
Oct. 30, 2018


Job Posting
Oct. 5, 2018


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!”

Click here for the application

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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 [email protected].  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. 





Steven Crook, S.E.

President 2018-2019



Non-Profit Organization 501(c)(6)

Tax ID #23-7016819


Click here for the 2018-2019 Advertising Policy


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