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September 2017  

SEAoO Annual Conference

The 2017 SEAoO Annual Conference is this week at the Columbus Airport Marriott.  We are likely to have another record-setting attendance year.  Click HERE for more info, and a flyer is attached and HERE.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great event!

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SEAoO News

Call for nominations for upcoming SEAoO elections

We are currently soliciting nominations for this fall's annual SEAoO elections.  President-elect, Secretary, and two Director positions will be on the ballot.

Volunteering to support SEAoO will provide valuable leadership and management experience for your career, we encourage you to consider it.  And while the Board positions are important, the time commitment can be minimal: one telephone meeting per month (~1 hour) and three in-person meetings per year in Columbus are required.  Other efforts and committee work are encouraged while the full extent of committee participation is at your discretion.

Please email seaoo@seaoo.org with names of those you think would be a positive influence on our organization and feel free to nominate yourself.  Now is your chance to join our Board and help us address the issues of the structural engineer in Ohio.

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SEAoO Young Members Committee

SEAoO is reorganizing its Young Members Group!

A reminder that I will be present at this year’s Annual Conference for questions/discussions about the Young Members Group as we work to get younger engineers more engaged.  I look forward to meeting you and would invite you to partake in this survey to better understand our young members' needs.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZZH8V8

Scott Bickel, PE
Young Members Committee Chair
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SEAoO Education Committee

Reminder of Student Breakout Session at the Annual Conference:

All students are invited to attend the 2017 SEAoO Annual Conference on September 7th & 8th in Columbus.  This is a great opportunity to network with fellow students, industry suppliers, and practicing engineers, while learning about technical topics.  SEAoO provides students a low price of $50, which covers printed material, lunch both days, and the Award Dinner on Thursday.  Click here to register.

New this year: we're pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Open Q&A Student Breakout Session where young/mid-level engineers will field students' questions.  We will also use the conference to kick off our new Resumania event, where students are invited to submit electronic resumes for professionals to review/provide feedback.

Thank you,
Mindy Barber P.E.
SEAoO Basic Education Committee Chair
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SEAoO Licensure Committee

What is Significant?

The SEAoO Licensure Committee advocates for a form of structural licensure that would require registered SEs have responsible charge for engineering significant structures.  This is commonly termed as a partial practice act.  But this leaves one item open: what is a significant structure?  Each of the several jurisdictions with a partial practice act defines the structures under its purview differently, but not without commonality.  In the June issue of NCEES Licensure Exchange, Carl Josephson, P.E., S.E. provides an excellent overview of the various definitions and their rationale.  Please take a few moments to review this excellent article.

Also, NCEES members are taking steps to coordinate the various definitions and possibly provide guidance to jurisdictions seeking to incorporate the definition into SE licensure.  This could help provide further support in our effort for structural licensure in Ohio.

Your thoughts regarding the topic, and others, are welcome.  If you would like to contribute to this column in part or with a full article, please contact us.

Thank you.

Timothy M. Gilbert, P.E., S.E. SECB
SEAoO Licensure Committee
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Nuts, Bolts & Washers

Who Owns that Email? - Not You

Participation in a professional society can bring many rewards:  a more diverse professional network, educational opportunities, and leadership roles to name a few.  Email communication is a vital part of most participation.  But who owns those emails?  Based on my limited experience, I would estimate that it’s not the authors.

A great majority of the professional association related emails I have seen are from addresses such as diligent.engineer@employers-name.com.  In all likeliness email sent from a corporate server belongs to the corporation, not the sender (take a look at your company IT policies).  This goes along with the contact list in the electronic address book and the accompanying calendar.  

The convenience of using work email for professional association correspondence should be weighed against the risk that you could lose access to it forever.  You might not have any plans on changing jobs or your employer might have no concerns with using corporate email, but life has a way of giving us unexpected turns.  Simple things, like a spouse's relocation, a family emergency, a company buy-out, or a great new opportunity can change your relationship with an employer and you might never have the chance to get that PST file (assuming Outlook is the company program of choice).

Look into shifting non-work communications to one of the many free options available.  It’s a great way to minimize the risk of disruption.  I’ve seen colleagues' work disrupted by a loss of access to company email servers.  If you want to avoid that, take a few simple steps to protect your resources.

Confirmation

Validation is a great feeling.  On Aug. 17, Inc. magazine published this article that reinforced what we said in this column back in our Oct. 2015 newsletter.  Basically, we bucked many current trends that cast younger generations as somehow significantly different and advocated that we treat people as individuals.  Inc. magazine breaks down many of the myths spread in pop-culture and, by inference, reinforces our suggestions.

Here's to meeting up at the SEAoO Annual Conference!

Tim Gilbert
SEAoO Past-President

 

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