October 2020  

Calendar of Events

We at SEAoO are currently working diligently to provide our members with a series of live and pre-recorded webinars that we will offer in-house through our sponsors within the coming month. Please be on the lookout in future Newsletters and email blasts for our in-house webinar updates. 

The International Masonry Institute (IMI), WoodWorks Wood Product Council, the Steel Joist Institute (SJI) and Cast Connex are offering free and discounted webinars for the month of October. Continuing Education (CE) credits will be offered for most events; participants must register for and attend the events to receive CE credits. See descriptions & follow links below for CE credit information and other registration details.


1) Tuesday October 20th, 2020 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT

Presentation: Masonry Plan & Specification Review

Sponsored by: IMI

Speaker: Pat Conway, AIA; Director of Industry Development, IMI

Credits: 1.0 LU/HSW

Cost: Free



2) Tue October 20th, 2020 12:00pm-3:30pm EDT

 Presentation: Building Sustainably: From Forestland Management to Carbon-Positive, Healthy Buldings

Sponsored by: WoodWorks

Speakers: Mark Bartlett, P.E. Woodworks; Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, etc.   

Credits: 3.0 AIA/CES HWS LUs, 3.0 PDH credits or 0.30 ICC credits

Cost: $30



3) Wed October 21, 2020 1:00pm-2:15pm EDT

Presentation: Part 2: Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders

Sponsored by: SJI

Speaker: TBA

Credits: 1.5 PDHs

Cost: $75 per individual and $300 for site registration 



4) Thursday October 22nd, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT

 Presentation: High-Performance Forgings for Megastructures

Sponsored by: Cast Connex

Speaker: Justin Binder, MASc., P.Eng. Project Engineer, Cast Connex   

Credits: 1.0 AIA LU/HSW

Cost: Free


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SEAoO Education Committee

2020 Award Recipients

Thank you to all of the students that applied for this year's award. 

Although the normal school year was disrupted and we are all experiencing a pandemic, we received a great number of Undergraduate and Graduate applicants and a fantastic variety of topics.

Congratulations to this year's Award Recipients!  Below are this year's recipients along with the title and link to their paper, and a quick Q&A session with each.

Thank you for all of the professionals involved to help promote this opportunity and review the applications.

Jobsite Tours

As universities make decisions on how to open back up in Fall, there may be opportunities to go on job site tours.  The safety of our students and professionals is our top priority therefore we are following guidelines set forth by each university and local/national jurisdictions to monitor if job site tours are safe and feasible. 

If you believe that a virtual job site tour could be accomplished, please 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

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 December 31.  If you're not a SEAoO member currently, you will be able to join for 2021 and begin receiving benefits immediately.

Thank you,

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

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SEAoO Annual Conference

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled for September 16-17, 2021. The plan is have a live program at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

We will remain nimble pending health protocols for meetings.

SEAoO was able to renegotiate the contract with the Marriott. Most of the speakers scheduled for 2020 have recommitted to presenting in 2021. Activity to finalize speakers and topics begin January 2021. It is a blockbuster line up!

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. 

The Conference and Education Committees are compiling lists of presentations, either as webinars or on-demand learning. Annual Conference vendors are being contacted for a list of topics. The presentations will comply with AIA regarding format, learning objectives and continuing education. If there are topics of interest you know of or would like to add to the list, please contact:

Education Chairman Antonio Verne  E: [email protected]

Annual Conference Co-Chairmen Frank Monastra E: [email protected] or Aimee Pergalsky E: [email protected]

Thank you and keep it safe out there people!



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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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