SEAOSD January 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.

-Dr. Seuss

The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.

-Michael Altshuler


Saw him the other night at this roadside bar
I was walking in, he was walking out
We went back inside sat down had a few drinks
But all he kept talking about was

Glory days well they'll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye
Glory days, glory days, yeah

-Bruce Springsteen

This President’s message is late; where did the time go?

Happy New Year, all.  Here’s hoping that 2019 finds you all healthy and prosperous, and that you all had a chance to do something (or go somewhere) over the holidays, that reminded you about how great life can be.

Every phase of my life has had a few “glory days” associated with it, but I get a special bit of pleasure from going back to San Luis Obispo.  Fortunately, I married a SLO girl, and I get to take our kids to see their grandparents in SLO one or two times a year.  Sometimes, the most striking part of the trip is seeing how much has changed since my time there.  Sometimes, it’s finding something meaningful that has remained the same.

The photo above was taken outside the home that my girlfriend (now wife) shared with her mom during my last year as an ARCE student.  I took a detour with the kids to see it.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the house is still painted “Rich Cream” with “Federal Blue” trim, just as we left it in 1998.  Although I can find relics of my time that have endured, there’s no mistaking the general sense of the place as a crucible, where the character of tens of thousands of young people has been tested and forged. 

More than once in 2018, I went through some difficult times as a structural engineer.  I found that it helped to look into the eyes of the boy in this picture, dig down, and find the passion that helped him to bridge the gap from “there” to “here”.  Sometimes, dusting off memories isn’t so much about reliving glory days as it is about finding kernels of truth about who you really are, and building on them.  I frequently remind my teenage son “the man you will someday be, you are now becoming”.  I don’t always mean it as a reprimand; sometimes it’s a reminder to hold on to the wonder, curiosity, and fun-loving nature that make his time as a student so enjoyable. 

This coming month is one of my favorite SEAOSD meetings, when we bring the students in.  There’s something especially satisfying about connecting with kids who are on the launchpad of their career.  Maybe it’s the chance to give an encouraging “yes, you can!”.  Maybe it’s the opportunity to share a bit of wisdom learned over the years.  There’s also the excitement of possibly meeting someone who could become a future co-worker or SEAOSD leader.  Those are all reasons I love Student Night.  Whatever your reason, get out of the office and come join us.  Check out the website for details.  And please remember that this night cannot happen without sponsors.  The proceeds from student night help to fund the scholarships we give out, as well as the efforts of our Student Liaison and YMF Outreach programs.  If your company has already committed to sponsorship, thank you! 

And a special thank you to Jacqui Le, Daniel Jardel-Menno, and Lenard Tran for putting together the program for this year’s Student Night.  Don’t miss it!  The theme for the night is “Sustainable Design – What I can Do”, with a presentation by James Conley.

I’d also like to thank Matthew Martinez of Moffatt & Nichol, for presenting at our joint ASCE/SEAOSD meeting in December.  I love the mix of history, technical detail, and SD lifestyle that came together in your presentation on the Emergency Wharf Repair at North Embarcadero.  And (because this message is so late), I also get to say thank you to Bernard Cruz of Hilti, who presented on “Epoxy Anchor Do’s and Don’ts”.  I learned something new (and was reminded of some things I should have known already).

If you attended that January meeting, you got a sneak peek at some homework: in addition to a reminder about student night sponsorship, we are looking for nominations to the Board of Directors for next year.  Please check out our website for those announcements and other important information.

I’ll see you at Student Night! 

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].   

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD President




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Welcome New Members

New Members for January

Akbar Mahvashmohammadi ~ Associate
John Murphy~ Associate
Charles Liu ~ Associate
Joe Wendt ~Member
Collin Foxley ~ Associate
Amy Pawlowski ~ Student



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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

SEAOSD Student Night February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

SEAOSD Student Night February 19, 2019

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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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SEAOSD May 21, 2019 Fellow Luncheon & seminar on "Structural Modeling: An Essential Skill for Engineers"

May 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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

SEAOSD May 21, 2019 Fellow Luncheon & seminar on "Structural Modeling: An Essential Skill for Engineers"

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Business Forum Committee (BFC)

Your Business Forum Committee (BFC) will host a lunch presentation on changes to the tax laws that pertain to engineering firms on Friday, 01 February 2019, at noon!  The location is pending.
The speaker, Ms. Jere Batten, who provides guidance for the SEAOSD Board, is a Certified Public Accountant well-versed in this area.
In preparation for the event, the BFC invites members to submit questions for Ms. Batten to address during her presentation.

Here are presentation Highlights:

  1. Answers to questions submitted by SEAOSD Members
  2. Small Business Benefit Changes
  3. Standard Deduction Increase
  4. Tax Rate Changes for Individuals and Corporations
  5. Deleted Deductions for Individuals
  6. New Benefits for Individuals
  7. Increased Child Tax Credit and new Dependent Credit for Individuals
  8. Significant Provision Changes

Please submit your questions by Wednesday, 23 January, to:

Scott Larson, PE SE

AAA Structural Engineering

[email protected]

12038 Woodside Avenue, Suite B

Lakeside, CA  92040

619 334 2508

State of California Small Business Supplier Number 1756111

CVE Verified Service-disabled, Veteran-owned Small Business, DUNS 078829490

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Engineer's Week San Diego Awards Banquet

Dear Members,


The SEAOSD chapter has purchased a table of 8 for the Engineer's Week Awards Banquet.  We have 6 seats left and would like you all to have the opportunity to go if you wish.  If you would like to attend please email Heather Caya at [email protected] She will be able to take the first 6 people.  Thank you and we hope you can attend.

San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC)

The Engineer's Week San Diego Awards Banquet will be Friday, February 22, 2019. Geared for all aspiring engineering students, advocates and engineers alike our keynote is "San Diego's Astounding History of Exploration" by Kevin Hardy of the Marine Technology SocietySo join in with local engineering society leaders and hear the amazing achievements of our San Diego engineering heroes.

5:00 p.m.   Pre-event Student Networking Training Session 

5:50 p.m.   Registration Begins in the lobby

6:00 p.m.   Reception (Sponsor Display Tables, Group Photos, No-host Cash Bar) 

  • Come early to visit our display tables and sponsors
  • Sign up for your group photo
  • No-host Cash Bar for Drinks.
 $3.50 Sodas
 $4 Juices & Mineral Water
 $6 Domestic Beer
 $7 Imported Beer & House Wine

7:00 p.m.   Banquet & Welcoming Address 

  • Emcee: To be announced
  • Meal: Chicken / Fish / Vegetarian. Includes salad, dessert, and tea / coffee / water

7:40 p.m.  President's Address

7:50 p.m.  Awards Presentations

8:15 p.m.   Keynote "San Diego's Astounding History of Innovation" Kevin Hardy

9:00 p.m.   Closing Comments, Raffle Prizes, Feedback Survey  

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UCSD SE Research Showcase Day

The Structural Engineering (SE) Department of the University of California, San Diego cordially invites you to attend the SE Research Showcase Day, which will be held on February 15, 2019, in the Ida & Cecil Green Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion at UC San Diego.

Please see the event website for more information:

The Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego is one of the top academic and research entities in the field. Being the only stand-alone Structural Engineering program in the country, we focus on civil as well as aerospace structures, and our research also encompasses biological, marine, and naval structures, with a common emphasis on engineering mechanics, materials engineering, analysis, and design. Our research covers a range of structural materials and structural types, ranging from nano-materials to large-scale structures such as aircraft bodies, ship hulls, geotechnical structures, buildings, and bridges.

We would like to invite you to attend the SE Research Showcase to learn more about our programs, people, facilities, and research activities. The Program includes breakfast, technical presentations, student poster session, lunch, awards ceremony, laboratory tours, and reception & networking.


Reasons to Attend

  • Learn about the most recent research happening in UC San Diego's Structural Engineering department
  • Interact with Structural Engineering faculty
  • See the latest activities in the laboratory
  • Network with Structural Engineering alumni
  • Technology transfer opportunities
  • Provide feedback to the department on new trends in industry

Please register early to secure a seat for this event.  Registration will close at the end of this month.

We look forward to meeting with you in La Jolla.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Eller, SE Showcase Coordinator, at [email protected] or 858-822-2273.  Sponsorship/booth opportunities are also available.  


Osvaldo Mejia
Vice President - Development

Society of Civil and Structural Engineers

Structural Engineering, B.S. 2019

University of California, San Diego

m:(619) 552-6611 |e: [email protected] |w:

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Ram Jack Sponsor

Ram Jack Provides Stabilization From Downward Movement to North Central

A new set of housing units were to be added in Philadelphia’s North Central Choice Neighborhoods for mixed-income residents; however, inferior soil halted the development.  Fill materials from previous construction threatened the future units’ structural integrity.  Realizing something had to be done, project managers contacted Ram Jack Tri-States. 


Once on site, Ram Jack determined new construction helicals were needed to create a strong foundation for the housing units.  Working alongside Larsen Landis, a local engineering firm, Ram Jack successfully performed pile load tests and pre-drilled in some areas before the installation began.  In all, 728 helical piles at an average depth of 24 ft. were successfully installed to stabilize the future buildings.  Thanks to Ram Jack the job was done as quickly and efficiently as possible, keeping the project far ahead of schedule.


Click here for more information

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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
Dec. 27, 2018


Structural Engineer

Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers

Job Posting
Nov. 21, 2018


Structural Engineer (PE)

SEEStudio, Inc.

Job Posting
Nov. 15, 2018


Job Posting
Oct. 30, 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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