Hello, SEAOSD, and welcome to 2020 and the new decade! We’re all engineers here, so I’ll apologize up front for my sloppy math in wishing everyone a happy new decade one year early. The internet has been sure to remind me there was no year ‘zero’ and that the first decade started at year 1, ended with year 10, and so the twenties won’t start until 2021 and won’t end until 2030. The internet also gave me all the top 10 lists from the last decade, which is definitive proof that it’s the ‘20s now, so math be damned. Either way, I’ve been thinking a lot about what challenges and opportunities the next decade holds for our engineering community and want to take this month to outline a vision of where I believe SEAOSD should be headed in the years ahead. Where do you see us in 10 years?
In 2030, I hope we can look back on this decade having accomplished the following…
- SEAOSD will be a vibrant and growing community. Online tools and outreach will be critical, but with our society as a whole wrestling with the values versus pitfalls of social media, I believe that SEAOSD will see growth proportional to our investment in personal and face-to-face friendships.
- We’ll make continued strides regarding diversity, engagement and compensation among structural engineers, marked by a reversal in attrition from our profession and the elevation of more under-represented individuals into leadership positions at our firms. Go SE3!
- SEAOSD will double in membership and grow as a technical resource that rivals our sister MOs in California. Thanks to all of our committees who are already working hard towards this one!
- We’ll maintain sharp engineering judgement, but the coming decade will require extra diligence on that front given the trend for our analysis programs to become more autonomous, our building codes to become more complex and prescriptive, and our design schedules to shrink and allow less time to be thoughtful.
- SEAOSD will build a deeper community engagement with San Diego leaders, legislators and the media at large. We’ll of course advocate for seismic safety, but we’ll also elevate structural resiliency to be a house-hold concept. We’ll do our part as engineering experts to help mitigate the drivers of climate change in our community and also help San Diego prepare for the potential hazards associated with higher temperatures, rising sea levels and drier weather.
- SEAOSD will excel at celebrating structural engineers beyond the limits of our organization. Specifically, our Excellence in Engineering Awards will be recognized as a go-to industry event and one of the highest honors that a project can receive in San Diego.
Speaking of which, this month I want to introduce Laith Quntar, who chairs our Excellence In Engineering Awards Committee. Take it away, Laith:
Every year, SEAOSD invites its members to take part in the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. Our aim is to recognize the outstanding achievements in our field and set an example for future projects in our community. The SEAOSD award winners will move on to compete at the state level. We’re counting on each and every company to showcase your best projects, so start brainstorming which project you want to submit now!
Beyond competing for an award, your participation sheds light on the innovative projects and strides we are taking in our industry. It also helps educate and motivate the young generation to always aim for excellence.
This year’s award packet will be released next month highlighting the guidelines and exciting new changes. The deadline for entries will be on April 24th. We encourage you all to showcase your best projects, so start brainstorming which project you want to submit now! Winning projects will be featured during our awards dinner on June 16th of this year.
The great news, SEAOSD, is that we’re starting off the ‘20s with a fantastic trajectory. Each of the goals above is a very real possibility for our organization and I am so impressed with our membership who are actively well underway with making them a happen already.
Happy New Year!
Casey Whitsett, S.E.
Godefroy Devys ~ Associate
Timothy Green ~ Associate
Mohamed Badawi ~ Associate
Eddie Brown ~ Associate
Maria Lizeth Ruiz ~ Student
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