SEAOSD July 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Report

In order to finish first, you first have to finish.

-Stirling Moss

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within.

-Elbert Hubbard

Birds don't just fly
They fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong


I’ve been holding onto that picture for a while.  Hey, I never said I looked good in spandex.

You might not know it to look at me now, but I have been a competitive cyclist.  And I will be again; just watch me.  As we wrapped up the SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards last month, I was reminded of this time in my life, but not in a good way.  You see, I gave up on racing.  Okay, I got really sick with pneumonia; but even after I got better, I was busy at work, the kids’ soccer schedule took over my Saturdays…you know the drill.  All that aside, though, the reason I gave up racing could basically be wrapped up by saying that I no longer believed in myself enough to go climb some hills and put in the miles.  I kept saying next year, but that was six years ago now.

Last year, I said I’d make sure to put a project together for this year’s EiSE.  You’ll notice, it didn’t happen.  Hence the bicycling memory.  Why didn’t I make it happen?  Yes, we’ve been busy at work.  But if I’m being honest, it’s mostly a lack of belief in myself.  There’s a learning curve with putting a board together, projects that are awesome to me might be “meh” to the rest of you, and there’s a certain amount of hesitation to putting one’s own work on display.  How would I feel if I went through all that effort and didn’t win, didn’t place, didn’t get a single vote for People’s Choice?

I think I’ve concluded that those nagging negative thoughts are exactly what the EiSE is trying to address.  This should be a safe place to say “check this out”.  And it should be an opportunity for us to celebrate one another and be inspired by one another.

So, I’m putting it out in public, and here in print: I am committing to putting one of my company’s projects in the running for an EiSE award in 2020.  I hope all of the principals in every office in the area do the same.  I’ve seen your websites.  I’ve seen the Orchids and Onions nominations.  I saw last year’s AIA Design Award winners.  There’s a lot of good work happening in and around the area.  Why do we hold back while architects, developers and contractors clamor for glory?  I’m thinking back to Ashraf’s speech last year.  I’ve done you all a disservice by succumbing to Wallflower Syndrome, when I should have been leading by example.  Kudos to DCI, KPFF, and Degenkolb for doing it right.  For each of those projects, I found something inspiring to bring to design discussions for my own projects.  Congratulations once again to our winners; the presentations we heard at our June meetings were entertaining and educational.   Thank you to Laith Quntar for all your efforts to manage the EiSE and pull together the awards night presentation.  Ashley’s tragic accident made that job really hard; I hope you’ll do it again next year. 

I’m going to put a project in the running for 2020; I’m already planning it. 

I’m also getting back on the bike, so if I happen to see you out on the road or at the San Diego Bicycle Club’s Saturday morning ride, come say hi and ask me when I’m going to be ready to race.  I may not cross the line first, but as long as I keep competing and finishing, I won’t think of myself as anything other than a winner.

Speaking of winners, please join me in welcoming your new Board of Directors for 2019-2020:

President:           Casey Whitsett

Vice President: Steve Spence

Treasurer:           Chad Closs

Board Members:

                                Jonathan Deck

                                Aaron Taylor

                                Aaron Pebley

                                Jose Restrepo

Thank you to the new members on that list: Steve, Jonathan, and Aaron Taylor, for stepping up to this commitment.  And a very sincere thank you to our departing board members: Luvelyn Benitez and Aaron Beebe.  You’ve been awesome at keeping us running.  Let’s have a round of applause for another member who is departing our Board, but continuing to serve as our representative to NCSEA: Curtis Patterson.  Curtis has been a stalwart champion for SEAOSD and SEAOC, a resource and a friend.  I’d follow you anywhere, Curtis.

At the state level, it is once again time for SEAOSD to send a President-Elect to the SEAOC Board for next year.  Congratulations (and thank you!) to Ali Sadre for representing us.  I can’t wait to welcome you at Convention.

Although our local schedule is light for the next month or so, don’t forget about Convention!  Early bird registration ends on July 21st.  This year’s convention is in beautiful Squaw Creek, CA.

Want to see the schedule and presenters before you register?  Download the app, where you can check out presentation schedules, speakers, and more.

I want to take a minute to give a HUGE thank you to Jenn Ciofolo.  Jenn has re-invigorated our Continuing education committee.  She worked with Kelly Cobeen to bring the ASCE 41 seminar to San Diego on June 27th.  If you missed it, please stay tuned for a webinar later this year or next.  That’s not all: plans are being laid to bring a wind design seminar to town in the fall.  Jenn has been a linchpin in our efforts to improve the benefits of SEAOSD membership.  Thank you, Jenn!

Please stay tuned to our website and email blasts for other announcements and upcoming events. 

Thank you Heather Caya, for taking on the role of Chief Cheerleader when I needed it.  Thank you all for putting up with my eccentricities for the last year.  I look forward to a fantastic year under Casey’s leadership!

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD (Past-)President


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Casey Whitsett, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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Welcome New Members

New Members for July

Kyle Wilson ~ Associate
Benjamin Hicks ~ Member
Gaetano Bologna ~ Member
Angelene Taduran ~ Member
Kyle Smiley ~ Student
Jackier Steiner ~ Member


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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

SEAOSD Luncheon september 17, 2019

More information coming Soon!

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


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2019-2020 SEAOSD Board of Directors

Casey Whitsett
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Vice President
Steve Spence
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Chad Closs
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Past President
Steven Crook
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Director 2019-2021
Jon Deck
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Director 2019-2021
Aaron Taylor
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Director 2018-2020
Aaron Pebley
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Director 2018-2020
Dr. Jose Restrepo
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Executive Administrator
Heather Caya
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Ram Jack Sponsor

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Job Forum

Classified Job Listing

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

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Jun. 12, 2019


Structural Design Engineer

Lovelace Engineering, Inc.

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May. 1, 2019

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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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