SEAOSD April 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Hello, SEAOSD! I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe, if not a little worn at the edges from cabin fever. I want to applaud each of you for navigating what has not been an easy month. Among our membership there are hundreds of different stories, each unique but with a common and obvious theme of adapting to massive disruption, whether you’re a professional engineer, industry partner, student or professor. Not to mention that many of us are providing full time day-care, homeschooling kids and grocery shopping for elderly family members. While a lot of this effort has probably been in survival mode, I do want to pause and say thanks. Beyond your companies and institutions who benefit from your efforts, our industry and association does as well.

So, what is SEAOSD doing to adapt? Over the last month our board and committee chairs have all been putting our heads together to chart a path forward. There’s still a lot we don’t know. Regardless, this month feels like the right time to discuss some practicalities of our association:

Financial Standing:

SEAOSD is in a financially healthy position. For those who don’t know, we’re a non-profit member organization, so the only way we collect money is through member dues, fund raising events (like the golf tournament), and sponsorships. Our main expenses are association events, committee funding, executive administrator and publications. We have approximately $117,000 in reserve, which for context, is about 1-year operating expenses at our full budget. Our board is scenario planning for reducing our operating budget, if needed. Our goal is to strike the right balance between continuing benefits and activities for our current members and still being responsible to keep the organization on strong footing for the future.

As a membership organization we exist to serve our members and only exist because our members choose to invest their time, efforts and dues with us. Next month we’ll start asking for you to renew your membership dues for 2020-2021. We understand the sensitivity to that timing given the economic uncertainty at hand, so in advance, please know that we appreciate your consideration.

Event Updates:

Remote Meetings: We had our first remote lunch meeting this month, cohosted with EERI, which went great! Our May 19th lunch meeting will also be online, featuring Tony Court and Peter Maloney presenting on the San Diego Earthquake Scenario.

June Gala: June is typically our Excellence in Engineering Awards Dinner. We recognize that it is unlikely that we will be hosting a gala event at Stone as planned, but our Awards Committee is hard at work brainstorming alternate options to celebrate our EiSE Awards this year. Stay tuned.

Golf Tournament: The golf tournament has been canceled for this year, and we’ll be looking forward rescheduling for next year. Most people think this was COVID related, but the truth is I just needed more time to practice…so I personally apologize for that one.

SEAOC Convention: We have not gotten word on the convention status yet. If the convention stays on, we still anticipate offering limited sponsorships for young member attendees and stipends for speakers.

Committee Work:

On top of all the work and personal madness this month, each of our committees have been retooling to make sure SEAOSD stays vibrant. Some quick examples, in no way exhaustive:

Sustainability: Held a very well attended Mass Timber Seminar online.

Younger Member Forum: Setting up online YMF Happy Hours, continuing mentor program via remote chats. Moving planned presentation regarding Financial Planning to online format.

Continuing Education: Building a robust list of seminar topics that may include ‘How Local Jurisdictions are reacting to the Pandemic’, ‘AISC 358 presented by Dr. Uang’, and others. Other ideas include round-table discussions about how members are adapting to remote working.

Student Liaison: Evaluating new ways to support our local college students as they are also adapting to remote education. Student mentor program is still going strong. Potentially aiding students with panels on resume building, virtual work and job searching during economic downturns.

Awards: EiSE awards deadline for submission has been extended to May 22nd to allow companies more time in light of remote work interruption this month. People’s Choice award voting will be conducted via online ballot this year.

SE3: The new SE3 survey has been issued. Please find 10 minutes to participate.

Existing Buildings: Last month Peter Maloney presented at the EERI Symposium on the EBC’s survey of San Diego’s At-Risk Building Stock.

With that, we’ll sign off for the month. As usual, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, or to share ideas on what SEAOSD can be doing for you amid these unprecedented circumstances.


Casey Whitsett, S.E.
SEAOSD President
[email protected]


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


SEAOSD May 19, 2020 Webinar San Diego / Tijuana Earthquake Scenario

May 19, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Webinar (Will be done online)
Links will be sent May 18 to registered attendees only

SEAOSD May 19, 2020 Webinar San Diego / Tijuana Earthquake Scenario

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Welcome New Members

Machel Morrison - Member
Armando Valdos– Life
Jinay Parekh - Student
Alexander Simspon - Associate

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SEAOSD Call for Board Nominations

If you would like to nominate someone for next year’s board; please contact Steven Crook at [email protected]  or myself, Casey Whitsett at [email protected].


Here are the open positions on the Board:

Vice President
and two board positions


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SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Click here for more information and to see the EiSE Packet

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SEAOSD Speaker Stipend 2020 Convention

Dear Members,

If you have interest in being a speaker at the 2020 Convention, please email [email protected] soon!

The SEAOSD chapter will be giving two Speaker Stipends of $1000 each to the abstracts that are approved. Once your abstract is approved please notify SEAOSD to request the stipend.

We look forward to sponsoring some of our local speakers.



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2019-2020 SEAOSD Board of Directors

Casey Whitsett
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Vice President
Steve Spence
[email protected]

Chad Closs
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Past President
Steven Crook
[email protected]

Director 2019-2021
Jon Deck
[email protected]

Director 2019-2021
Aaron Taylor
[email protected]

Director 2018-2020
Aaron Pebley
[email protected]

Director 2018-2020
Dr. Jose Restrepo
[email protected]

Executive Administrator
Heather Caya
s[email protected]

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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
Mar. 11, 2020


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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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