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Regional Meetings Update

Oct 24:  ACI seminar - "ACI 318-19: Changes to the Concrete Design Standard".  Description and registration links HERE.

Oct. 25: "Morandi Bridge Collapse in Genoa, Italy" - presented by Italian researcher, Prof. Nascimbene.  Description and registration HERE.

Interested in helping to plan future meetings, have a topic that interests you, or willing to present at an upcoming meeting?  Please send us an email.

Cincinnati Team Leaders:
Mindy Barber, P.E.; Phil Niekamp, E.I.; Abby Lehmenkuler, E.I.
[email protected]


No Oct meeting planned but will have something in Nov.

– Cleveland Team Leader:
Jason Hoover, P.E., S.E. 
[email protected]


SEAoO Columbus 

The previous SEAoO Columbus planning chair has relocated out of state.  To help spread the workload, we're hoping to assemble a team to plan future meetings.  If you're interested helping plan meetings or willing to present, please send us an email.

– Columbus Team Leaders:
(Currently Vacant)
[email protected]

On hiatus, please let us know if you have any suggestions for fall meetings.

– Toledo Team Leader:
Dennis Birkemeier, P.E.  
[email protected]


We are working to create a joint meeting in October with University of Dayton students at a local steel fabricator.  Stay tuned for details.

– Dayton Team Leaders:
Mark Remmetter, P.E., S.E., Peter Giessel, P.E., S.E.
[email protected]


October 2019  

SEAoO News

Last Call for SEAoO Board Nominations

Nominations for this fall's annual SEAoO elections will close on October 11.  President-elect, Secretary, and one Director position will be on the ballot.  Volunteering to support SEAoO will provide valuable leadership, management, and networking experience for your career.  We encourage you to consider it!

Please email [email protected] with names of those you think would be a positive influence on our organization, or feel free to nominate yourself.

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SEAoO Membership Committee

SEAoO Renewals Are Coming

Be on the lookout for an email to renew your SEAoO membership.  As in years past, there is a discount for renewing before Dec 31.  If you're not a SEAoO member currently, you will be able to join for 2020 and begin receiving benefits immediately.

Thank you,

Mindy Barber, PE
SEAoO Membership Committee Chair
[email protected]

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SEAoO Annual Conference

SEAoO Annual Conference Recap

The 2019 SEAoO Annual Conference was held on Sep 12-13 in Columbus.  We had a record number of attendees this year, and a great lineup of speakers on a wide variety of topics relevant to our industry.  This year's conference also featured a Young Members breakout track with content relevant to those early in their careers.

Some photos of the event can be viewed here:  2019 Conference pics

The Recognition Banquet on Thursday evening celebrated 2019 SEAoO Award winners:  see the Recognition Committee and Education Committee sections below for the specifics.  Congratulations again to all winners.

Thanks to all who attended, exhibited, and contributed to this very positive event, and a special thanks to our sponsors:

GOLD:  Helitech Civil Construction, International Masonry Institute, WoodWorks

SILVER:  Chicago Clamp, JS Held

BRONZE:  Nucor Yamato

Note that SEAoO members have access to PDFs of the Conference presentations (as well as those from many past meetings) in the Member Area under Presentation Downloads.

Jason Hoover
SEAoO Annual Conference chair
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Recognition Committee

This past year was our committee’s inaugural year and we kicked off our first ever Recognition Event. Our goal with this event was to seek out individuals that demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the structural engineering profession and SEAoO.

We wanted to recognize young engineers and seasoned engineers whose contributions go above and beyond expectations. We also wanted to celebrate a lifetime achievement to those engineers that have made an extensive and life-long impact throughout their professional career.

This year we received nominations for both Young Engineer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement recognition. We were extremely proud to announce the following recognition recipients at the Annual Conference banquet:

  • Young Engineer of the Year – Melinda Barber, PE (THP Limited, Inc.)

  • Lifetime Achievement – Richard Meyer, PE (Shell+Meyer Associates, Inc.)

We will be calling for nominations in the very near future – stay tuned!

For those with an interest in support this committee, please contact us for more information.  We welcome and appreciate everyone’s involvement and support.

Thank you,
Antonio D. Verne P.E.
SEAoO Recognition Committee Chair
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SEAoO Programs Committee

We are still looking for individuals to assist regional planning efforts, specifically in the Cleveland and Columbus regions.  If you're available to help out, please let us know.  Responsibilities are shared with several other members. Our next committee conference call is November 5.

Thank you,
Antonio D. Verne P.E.
SEAoO Continuing Education Committee Chair
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SEAoO Education Committee

Mentoring Night

All student chapters are in the works to plan their respective Mentoring Nights.  Keep an eye out for your local chapter's invite to the even either this Fall or Spring.

2019 Educational Awards

Thank you to all that attended the Awards Ceremony.  The Education Award winners'  papers are online!

Jobsite Tours

Do you have an interesting project that is under construction or know of a project that students would enjoy visiting?  Remember how much you learned during site visits?  Email me to get in contact with your local SEAoO student chapter and schedule a student site visit!  

Thank you,

Bernie Kooi, PE, SE, LEED AP
SEAoO Basic Education Committee Chair
[email protected]

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SEAoO Young Members Committee

Young Members at the Annual Conference
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Young Member sessions at the annual conference this year. We appreciated your interest and engagement which made the inagural YM track a great success! We look forward to making this a staple at the annual conference. Please email [email protected] to provide feedback or suggestions for next year.
Cincinnati Region:
Please be on the lookout for a future email regarding the next Cincinnati YM event for Fall/Winter!
Cincinnati YM Team Leaders:
Phil Niekamp, Mindy Barber, Abby Lehmenkuler, Zac Wilson
[email protected]

No YM group in your region or interested in helping out??
Email [email protected] to learn more on how to form a group in your region.
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