May 2020  

NCSEA's SE3 Survey (Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity)

The NCSEA SE3 Committee is making it's final request for your participation in its third nationwide survey of structrual engineering professionals. The survey is available now through June 15th. To date over 3,519 individuals have responded nationally including 64 from Ohio. If you've already seen our previous Newsletter and just haven't had time to fill out the survey here the link. 2020 Survey Link: 2020 NCSEA SE3 Survey Link

The NCSEA SE3 survey is the largest nationwide survey of structural engineering professionals in the United States and provides valuable comprehensive information about our profession regarding demographics, compensation, satisfaction, engagement, and retention.

By participating in this 10-15 minute, anonymous survey, you will be helping us understand what topics and issues Ohio structural engineers find satisfying and engaging about the profession. In 2018, Ohio only had 41 respondents (less than 15% of members).  We currently have 64, thank you! However are hoping to raise that even more in the next week to ensure our voice is heard at the national level when survey findings and paths forward are discussed.

Please also forward to as many colleagues in your area as you feel comfortable, especially ones that are not part of SEAoO or those who have left for other careers, as they are the hardest to reach, but equally important! 

Thank you in advance for your help and participation in this important study. We really appreciate your support and look forward to sharing the results with you in the fall.

Mindy Barber, P.E.
SEAoO Past-President & National SE3 Committee Member
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Past President's message

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SEAoO Education Committee

Scholarship Opportunities:

The 2020 SEAoO Educational Awards applications for the 2019-2020 adademic year are closed as of May 1st and applications have been recieved. Once again we've received great applications this year, thank you for your efforts. The winners will be contacted by July 3rd.


Jobsite Tours

Do you have a local 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 for next year!

Thank you,

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

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SEAoO Membership Committee

Membership renewal for all levels is still open.  Dues remain the lowest amongst all SEA's and have not increased for several years.  Note that if your membership lapsed, you must rejoin as a new Member ($50 vs. $40 renewal).

As a reminder, SEAoO's membership levels include:

  1. Professional Member: Members that are licensed professional engineers.
  2. Associate Member: Members that graduated with a structural engineering-based degree (undergraduate or graduate) within the past 4 years.
  3. Student Member: Members enrolled full-time in a secondary or post-secondary school.
  4. Member: Members that DO NOT qualify as member types #1, 2, or 3.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please email us at [email protected] to change your member category and ensure you receive appropriate voting rights and Young Member emails.

  • Did you become a PE since your last renewal? 
  • Did you graduate since your last renewal? 
  • Has it been more than 4 years since you graduated?

Thank you,

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

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SEAoO Annual Conference

On behalf of the SEAoO Board of Directors and in response to inquiries we have received, current guidance from Governor DeWine’s office and the CDC, guidance from our parent orgnaization NCSEA, and given the widespread closures and cancellations resulting from COVID-19, the SEAoO Board of Directors has cancelled the 2020 Annual Conference. The conference was originally scheduled for Columbus Airport Marriott,  September 17-18, 2020.  We are working with the Marriott for confirming 2021 dates.

The decision was not made lightly; our first responsibility remains the health and safety of everyone involved with and attending the annual conference. SEAoO was also under significant financial implications in the face of uncertain attendance or last minute cancellations.

We realize many of our members rely on the conference to accrue PDHs. In order to plan accordingly for PDH accumulation, SEAoO will provide a list of continuing education and learning opportunities in a separate email and in upcoming newsletters.



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Recognition Committee

2019-2020 Recognition Event Kickoff

Thank you to those who in the past have nominated the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service & commitment in our profession for the following categories:

  • Young Engineer of the Year
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement 

However due to COVID-19 complications and a lack of nominations we are re-opening the nomination period to take applications for the categories mentioned above. Therefore if you know of an individual who you feel has demostrated outstanding service & commitment in our profession please reach out to the Recogition Committee chair in the email below. We are in the process reopening applications and a notice of the application process will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

For those with an interest in supporting the Recognition Committee or those with questions regarding the Recognition Event, please contact the committee chair at:

[email protected].

Thank you!

Antonio Verne, PE
SEAoO Past President / Recognition Committee Chair
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