MAY | 2019
Newsletter of the
Structural Engineers Association of Washington
State Leadership

Siri Ashworth (SP)

Vice President
Darrell Staaleson (SE)

Theodore E. Smith (SE)

Matt Leslie (SC)

Past President
Chun Lau (SE)

Jim Farley  (SW) Michael Bramhall  (SE) Matt Leslie  (SC) 
TJ Merrell  (SP)

In the Issue

  1. May Seattle Chapter Dinner Meeting
  2. April Dinner Meeting Recap
  3. SEAW Seattle Elections Results
  4. SE3 Symposium Invitation
  5. YMG Corner
  6. Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington Annual Report & GiveBIG
  7. Proposed IRC Amendment for Footing Size Selection
  8. History of SEAW
  9. State and Chapter Committee Reports
  10. Employment Opportunities
  11. Membership Postings
  12. Upcoming Events
  13. From the Editor
May Seattle Chapter
Dinner Meeting
Dumb Things Engineers Do, from Roofs to the Rest of the Building Exterior

Sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie!

Date : Tuesday, May 21st , 2019
Time : 5:00 - 8:15 PM
Location: Hotel Monaco
1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Click here for directions.
Registration Fees:
Early Bird Members - $40*
Non-Members, & Guests - $50
Early Bird YMG - $30*
Students - $15

*Early bird rate ends May 17, 2019. YMG rate applies to Engineers under 35 for both members and non-members.

5:00 -6:00 pm
5:15-6:00 pm
Tech Talk presented by Simpson Strong-Tie
6:00 -6:30 pm
6:50 -7:00 pm
7:00 -8:15 pm

Tech Talk

"Yield-Link Connection for Structural Steel Frames"
Presented by Simpson Strong-Tie
Phil Hui, P.E., Branch Engineer & Mike Lampley, Structural Steel Specialist

We will be introducing the Yield-Link connection - a time saving and cost-effective solution for structural steel construction. The Yield-Link connection is a pre-qualified connection for special and intermediate steel frames for seismic applications.

Accepted into AISC 358-16 and code listed in ICC-ES ESR-2802, the Yield-Link connection is a bolted steel connection which eliminates costly field welding & inspection & expedites fabrication and assembly.

Click here for the flyer with additional details.


The design and construction of a building can be very complicated and, although we all strive for the best possible structural solutions, the reality is that the best solution may not be the best structural solution. During his illustrious career in the building envelope industry, Ray Wetherholt has seen a lot and will be passing on examples of what should and could be avoided as they relate to the building exterior, from stamping architectural drawings to condensation on the interior structural supports, and examples in between.

Benefits and knowledge our members can expect to take away from the presentation:

  • Identification of commonly observed risks in commercial and institutional construction. 
  • Risk avoidance when dealing with roof penetrations.
  • Risk avoidance when dealing with roof blowoffs.
  • Risk avoidance when dealing with interior condensation on structure issues.
  • Risk avoidance with piling issues.
  * See Speakers Information Below

Ray Wetherholt, PE, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC
Wetherholt and Associates, Inc

Ray has expertise in roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope consulting. He started Wetherholt and Associates in 1984 to assist owners, architects, contractors, and attorneys in resolving water intrusion-related issues. Prior to starting Wetherholt and Associates, he worked for a commercial construction inspection and testing company as their inspection supervisor and special projects troubleshooter, resolving concrete, steel and masonry issues, along with developing the roofing and waterproofing inspection team.
Over the years, he has consulted on commercial and institutional buildings, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and including Alaska and Hawaii. Projects have ranged from large houses with green roofs, to large manufacturing buildings for an aircraft manufacturer, to the Experience Music Project. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states and has attained a title of Registered Building Envelope Consultant. Ray has presented papers at RCI conventions and has regularly taught RCI and related industry courses, including the SWR Institute “Liquid Applied Sealants” course.
April Dinner Meeting Recap
By Alejandro Esparza

The evening started with Pete Barlow from Contech Services presenting on the retrofit capabilities of his company, involving FRP and steel plate. While this is not a topic commonly handled by design engineers, Pete stressed that these are engineered solutions.

A brief intermission between the presentation and some announcements allowed attendees to network with each other. The question “Which project are you working on?” was answered multiple times. 
Tech talk with Contech Services. 
Picture taken by Alejandro Esparza
Kip Gatto kicked off his presentation by highlighting the need for ACI 562-16 regarding Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and Commentary, as well as the arduous work that was necessary to make ACI 562-16 a reality. ACI 562-16 is vital for the community, not only practicing engineers, as about 20 billion USD are spent in concrete repair annually. 

The new code focuses more on performance, rather than on prescriptive design. While it does not cover seismic hazards, it does give guidance on retrofitting structures and necessary tests associated with retrofits. The document is organized into chapters and can be divided into two main classifications: evaluation and implementation. The intended process of implementing this code is:

• Preliminary evaluation
• Evaluation
• Repair design
• Durability considerations
• Construction and QA
• Maintenance recommendations

Kip made it clear that documentation is key for any project covered by ACI 562-16.
Main presentation by Kip Gatto. 
Picture taken by John Gunn
An important part of this new code is setting expectations. This is a conversation that will be had between the licensed engineer and the owner. Objectives such as life expectancy of the repair and of the building itself must be defined to achieve an appropriate repair design. 

 To close the presentation, Kip presented the audience with a real-life example of a 1920s train station that was repurposed as a postal office. The building would be repurposed again as the post office was retrofitted into a central station for buses and trains. Following the process in bullets above, Kip went through several examples of how this building was retrofitted to address its extensive freeze-thaw damage. 
2019 Seattle Board Election Results
Congratulations to our new board members! Thank you to the individuals who stepped forward to lead the SEAW Seattle Chapter, and to the members who took the time to vote. Get to know your new leadership by reading their information below.
President Candidate - Michael Bramhall, PE, SE 
Michael Bramhall, PE, SE, is a senior structural engineer with Jensen Hughes and has been with them for over eight years. Prior to Jensen Hughes, he worked for ABKJ, Inc for 22 years. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1985 and a Master of Science in Engineering in 1989; both from the University of Washington.

Licensed in 11 states, Mike's career has encompassed the design, detailing, and management of a wide range of projects including educational facilities, post-tensioned flat plate office buildings, medical laboratory buildings, wood framed residential structures, and pedestrian bridges. Projects of note include the Foege bioengineering and Genomic Sciences Building at the University of Washington, the Central Terminal Expansion at SeaTac International Airport, the investigation of failure and subsequent repair to a cistern building on a private island in the San Juan Islands, and repair of fire damaged concrete in a high-rise residential complex in Honolulu.

Mike is a member in the Structural Engineers Association of Washington; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the American Concrete Institute, the Post-Tensioning Institute, and American Institute of Steel Construction. His activities with SEAW include serving as the Seattle Chapter Secretary since 2012, three terms as a Director on the Seattle Chapter Board of Directors, 2018-2019 Seattle Chapter Vice President, voting member of the Earthquake Engineering Committee, past member of the Sustainability Committee, past member of the Exam Committee, and member of the Professional Practices Committee.

In addition to his love of structural engineering, Mike enjoys hiking, cycling, and traveling and is a passionate futbol fan; often trying to find activities that combine aspects of all these.

"I am passionate about reaching out to the young professional engineers in the Seattle area and inviting them to get involved in SEAW. They are our future leaders and a powerful voice in structural engineering."

"SEAW has provided me great opportunities for continuing education and professional growth throughout my career. The ability to meet and interact with the exceptional members of this organization on professional and personal levels has been a significant component in my development and maturation over the years. It's an honor to have been asked to serve as Seattle Chapter President."
Vice-President Candidate - Mike Visser, PE, SE

Michael D. (Mike) Visser, PE, SE, is the founding Principal of Visser Engineering. He came to Seattle in 1993 after working in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. He worked at the Austin Company in Renton prior to founding Visser Engineering.

Mike is licensed in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. His experience ranges from heavy industrial (aircraft hangers, manufacturing facilities and nuclear power plants) to commercial (retail, movie theaters) and residential (apartments, condominiums and single family residences). He has experience with design in aluminum, steel, concrete, masonry and wood.

Mike joined SEAW in 1994, has taught the seismic portion of the SEAW Refresher Course since 2009, and has been on the SEAW Board of Directors since 2017.

"It is an honor to have been asked to serve as the Seattle Chapter Vice President. My involvement in SEAW has benefited me in many ways over the years - I have found the more I am involved, the more I get back. My personal goal is to see SEAW grow to be a more of a go-to resource for its members."
Director - Sandro Kodama, PE, SE is a Principal with Quantum Consulting Engineers and has been with the company since its inception 17 years ago. Sandro received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and his master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Washington.
Licensed in Washington State and multiple Provinces and Territories in Canada, Sandro has designed a wide range of structures including: Office buildings, transit villages, community centers, mixed-use buildings, educations facilities, and private residences. He has also participated in numerous value engineering and constructability reviews of educational facilities. One of the most challenging and complex projects of Sandro's career was Del Mar Station, a hybrid structural and light-gauge steel framed TOD housing project in Pasadena, California. The 400 unit project was comprised of (7) buildings up to seven-stories in height over a (4) story below-grade parking structure that straddled the Gold Line light-rail. Most recently, he completed the Olympic High School Modernization and Addition and a seismic retrofit of the 1910 Bekins Storage Building on the corner of 12th and Madison, which is now home to Seattle University's new campus bookstore.
Sandro is active in various organizations, including the SEAW Earthquake Engineering Committee and the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association. In 2002 he was part of an EERI reconnaissance team that traveled to Italy to survey the catastrophic damage to a school in the small town of San Giuliano as a result of the Molise Earthquake. In 2010 he participated in the Washington State School Seismic Safety Pilot Project, surveying schools in Aberdeen, WA. In his spare time, Sandro enjoys being outdoors: skiing, hiking, sailing, and spending time with friends and family.
"As in incoming board member of this outstanding organization, my goal is to find ways to increase membership participation and to work with the young members forum to inspire civil engineering students to pursue careers in structural engineering."
Director - Tyler Winkley, PE, SE, is a Senior Engineer in the structural engineering department of Katerra and has over seven years of experience with buildings in the structural engineering industry, ranging from industrial, mixed-use, and residential to health care and commercial office. Tyler received both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington and is a licensed structural engineer in the state of Washington. Tyler is an innovative leader and collaborative team member who is hardworking, productive, and respectful to everyone.

Tyler joined SEAW in 2014 where he served as Vice President on the SEAW Younger Member Forum (YMF) Board. During his term as Vice President, Tyler organized and participated in several community outreach events such as Habitat for Humanity, STEM expos, and student competitions, in addition to providing support to the Seattle Chapter Board with other tasks such as monthly dinner meeting summaries. Tyler continued serving on the YMF board as President and Past President in subsequent years, helping to redefine the YMF's goals and mission, as well as promote growth and expansion of the YMF to better serve the SEAW community.

Prior to moving on from the YMF, Tyler joined the statewide Education Committee where he helped organize speakers and content for SEAW seminars and webinars such as the 2015 IBC Code Update seminar, Foundation and Shoring seminar, and Seattle Basin Amplification webinar. Tyler is passionate about continuing education and providing the engineering community with ample opportunities to be at the forefront of technology and information.

Tyler's organic growth through SEAW, as well as his dedication to serving its members, make him an ideal candidate to serve as a Director on the SEAW Seattle Chapter Board. His vision for the future of the Seattle chapter is one where SEAW is relevant among outside organizations and people are eager to join. This vision begins with providing greater incentives for SEAW membership and participation, expanding continuing education opportunities, promoting diversity and gender equality within the engineering community, and creating more attractive networking opportunities. This vision is attainable if we leverage each other's strengths, actively listen, and encourage change and innovation. 
SE3 Symposium Invitation
By Natalie Tse
Structural engineers:
Come join us for a fun and exciting day in downtown San Francisco!!

The SE3 (#structuralengineering #engagement & #equity) committee is excited to announce an exciting program for this year's upcoming symposium, in Downtown San Francisco, on May 10, 2019, entitled:

“A CHANGING WORKPLACE: How to Engage, Retain and Secure the Future of Our Profession”

Please visit our website for more details on our program, schedule, special guests, thought leaders, panelists, and coordinators!

NOW is a great time to book your flights and accommodations!
If you’re interested in joining us, don’t procrastinate. Our 2016 Inaugural Symposium was a sold-out event. 
YMG Corner
By Juzer Millwala

Hello SEAW members! Your YMG has an exciting Summer planned for you!

April has been an exciting month with multiple events organized.

On April 11 th we teamed up with ASCE’s YMF to have a joint social that attracted more than 50 people from over 15 companies! It was amazing meeting new people from many disciplines and forging new friendships.

A special thanks to KPFF Consulting Engineers that helped sponsor the event and make it possible.

On April 25 th we had our social with Taylor Devices at MKA’s office. The outcome was again quite impressive with over 30 people from 8 companies. Attendees enjoyed the presentation, learning about seismic dampers and the importance of having them in buildings and bridges. The rest of the evening was spent networking and enjoying the taco bar for dinner.

We hope you enjoyed our events in April because we have so much more coming your way. We are also going to start having events throughout the summer.

In May, there a bowling tournament on Tuesday the 21 st at The Garage that is sponsored by our friends at Steel Encounters. This will be one of the first events like this we have hosted so you will want to be a part of it. Attendance will be capped, so RSVP via the link in the next YMG Newsletter right away. We hope to see you there!

On Thursday, June 6 th we have a social at Taphouse Grill sponsored by our friends at Contech. More details for this will be sent your way as well.

Also, we are once again planning our on-campus student luncheons for Seattle U and UW. The theme will be: “What should students know about working in different types of firms, sectors, etc?” More specific details will follow, but we could use professionals who would like to volunteer for a lunch hour (food provided). Preferably, volunteers will be from a variety of professional backgrounds. If you may be interested in attending either or both of these, please e-mail us at to let us know!

Finally, our most exciting news, we will once again be running a trip up to Vancouver, BC to check out their wealth of timber buildings! This will be in July, when the weather is (hopefully) famously beautiful! More details to follow on this as well, stay tuned! In the meantime, we hope to see you at one of our events soon!
April 2019 Joint Social w/ ASCE YMF at Redhook Brewlab in Seattle.  
Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington
Annual Report & GiveBIG 
By Angela Gottula Twining

Check out the 2018 Annual Report for the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington (SEFW), a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Each year SEFW prioritizes sharing a stewardship report with SEAW members, donors, and other supporters. The report is available online at 

Some highlights:

  • SEFW contributed $10,000 towards two awards for the SEAW Scholarship Program, bringing SEAW’s total awarded to $164,000 since 1985
  • SEFW supported the SEAW Outreach Committee, facilitating the opportunity to present structural engineering to more than 14,000 Puget Sound-area students
  • Thank you to the 49 firms and 39 individuals who supported SEFW financially
  • SEFW was pleased to support its first university-level research project, a cooperative effort between Washington State University and the National Concrete Masonry Association
  • Administrative costs did not exceed 15% of overall expenditures, including staffing, office needs, and fundraising efforts. 

The Board of Directors welcomes your feedback on the accomplishments and goals for SEFW. We are eager for another successful year interacting with the community and engaging students in 2019.

Please consider making a donation to SEFW on Wednesday, May 8th for this year’s GiveBIG event, a one-day online giving campaign to support Washington’s nonprofits. Check out for more information. Don’t forget, the SEFW Annual Giving campaign “Foundation of the Future: Know the Story, Build the Future” has begun! Thank you for your consideration.
Proposed IRC Amendment for Footing Size Selection
By Harvey Lighthouse

This article highlights an alternative method to determine a minimum footing width to that prescribed by Table R403.1(1). Historically the minimum footing width for conventional light-frame construction has been based on three building types: 1-, 2-, or 3-story. With the 2015 IRC, users of the Code found that the Table was replaced by three Tables - (R403.1(1), R403.1(2), and R403.1(3)). Three foundation types were added (slab-on-grade, crawl space, and basement) to provide nine building types.  

In Table R403.1(1), a minimum footing width is specified for a 32ʹ wide building, then adjusted for other building widths. However, buildings with width greater than 32’ were assigned larger and bulkier footings than necessary. Effort has been directed to shift the focus from sizing footings just based on building width. 

Let’s look at DCR (demand-capacity ratio) for two different footing sizes against the same demand. Consider a 2-story, wood-framed residence with a crawl space, a 64’ roof truss span plus 2’ overhang, 10’ high walls, a 20 psf snow load, and a 1,500 psf soil bearing capacity. From Table R403.1(1), a 16x6 footing is specified and then adjusted to W = 16” + (2”/2’) * (64’-32’) = 48”. By the provisions of R403.1.1 the footing must be 48x21. This strip footing has a load capacity of 5,200 plf (6,000 plf less 800 plf self-weight).  Now assuming a tributary area of 34’ roof and 10’ for each floor to the exterior footing, the total design load is 2,350 plf. This is 45% of the capacity. A 24x9 footing is satisfactory and would use one-fifth the concrete.

It turns out the footing width adjustment for the above example should be W = 16” + (2”/10’) * (64’-32’) = 23”. This means the coefficient of the linear adjustment equation (i.e., y = A + B*x) must be different than specified. In fact, different coefficients are required for each case listed in Table R403.1(1) to provide reasonable widths (e.g., for a 70 psf snow load W = 16” + (2”/4’) * (64’-32’) + 3” = 35”). So, providing a supplemental table of coefficients for 36 cases is one way to prescribe better footing widths.  

Instead, a graphical method based on tributary area has been proposed to the State Building Code Council as a WA state amendment and is slated for adoption July 1, 2019. This method provides the option to size different footings in a residence using the tributary floor and roof widths associated with a particular footing instead of just one footing size based on building width.  

Four figures are proposed in lieu of Table R403.1(1); one for each snow load in the table. Each figure shows footing sizes for a combination of tributary areas for a 1-story residence and 1,500 psf allowable soil bearing. Footnotes permit adjustments for soil bearing, number of stories, and continuous floor joists, if present. Two graphs are provided: one for crawl space and one for basement. No figures are provided for Tables R403.1(2) and R403.1(3).

Each figure contains a series of lines labeled with a footing size (See Figure 1). A point is located on the graph that represents the tributary roof span (horizontal axis) and the tributary floor span as adjusted by the footnotes (vertical axis), then the footing size on the line above that point is selected. This process can be used for each footing in the structure. The provisions of R403.1.1 still govern the minimum footing size and proportions.

The procedure used to create the figures in the proposed amendment included the following:  
  1. Selected geometric constraints (10’ high wood-framed wall, 6”x36” stem wall, and 8”x10’ basement wall)
  2. Selected snow loads to match Table R403.1(1) (20, 30, 50 and 70 psf)
  3. Determined prescriptive footing sizes compliant with Section R403.1.1 and each corresponding allowable load capacity
  4. Determined the governing load combination (D+L, D+S, or D+0.75L+0.75S) for each floor and roof span combination
  5. Created a graphical presentation of the results to simplify footing selection

The proposed method for prescriptive IRC footing selection will provide rational footing sizes and allow variation of footing sizes throughout a residence rather than a one-size approach as implemented by Building Officials.
Alternative Minimum Footing Size for Light-Frame Construction
History of SEAW

The Structural Engineers Association of Washington was incorporated in the State of Washington in 1950, one year after the 1949 Seattle Earthquake prompted a group of engineers to meet to discuss the resulting damage. This group, after learning of the difficulty the Seattle Building Department was having locating structural engineers available to help determine the extent of structural damage to buildings, determined to gather all the structural engineers of the city together to institute a calling service. The first meeting of the group to be known as the Seattle Earthquake Study Group was held May 10, 1949 at the University of Washington's More Hall. Within the study group, the Code Research Committee was formed to research the various building and earthquake resistant codes with reference to the ultimate adoption of one of them by the City of Seattle and by the State of Washington.

By June of 1949 a roster of 28 engineers had been compiled. Each of these men had volunteered to act on call from the Building Department in the event of emergency or disaster. Although all had served on one or more of the various earthquake committees, the group had not yet met as one body. Talk began of organizing as a Structural Engineers Association similar to those formed in California. Organizational meetings followed over the course of several months, drafting a constitution and setting a dues structure. Finally, on April 22, 1950, the Articles of Incorporation were accepted by the State of Washington and SEAW was official.

Today the statewide organization is divided into four chapters; Seattle, Southwest, Spokane, and South Central - each of which operates independently under its own board of directors. Representatives from each board serve on the Statewide Board of Trustees.

SEAW pursues issues affecting public safety and professional practice in structural engineering. This is accomplished through the organization's many varied activities including:

  • Providing a forum for structural engineering issues through regular technical meetings.
  • Providing continuing education opportunities through production of seminars and workshops.
  • Participation in local and national code advisory/development processes.
  • Providing input to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies

State and Chapter Committee Reports
Contact the committee chair if you are interested in learning more or getting involved:
  • NCSEA Delegate – Chun Lau
  • Earthquake Engineering Committee – Kai Ki Mow
  • One of the current main focus and an important topic that the committee hopes to address in the upcoming year is the Increased Seismic Load in the newly published ASCE 7-16. 
  • Members interested in EEC can find additional information regarding the meeting on the SEAW website calendar or can contact the committee chair.
  • Outreach Committee - Pete Opsahl
  • To sign up to volunteer or to mentor, visit the SEFW page. 
  • Sustainability Committee – Rachel Vranizan
  • Refresher Committee – Mark Whiteley
  • Public Information Committee – Darrell Staaleson
  • Disaster Preparation/Response Committee – Joyce Lem
  • WABO Liaison Committee – Charlie Griffes
  • The SEAW/WABO Liaison committee is now available for questions from SEAW or WABO members. These questions can be about subjects addressed in the white papers already issued or general questions in the realm of structural engineering practice as it relates to interaction with the various building departments. Comments or questions can be emailed to
  • White Paper 6b - 2017 on Deferred Submittals
  • Wind Engineering Committee – Scott Douglas
  • Technology Taskforce – Morgan Wiese
  • Membership Task Group – Jill Shuttleworth
  • Continuing Education Committee – Nathalie Boeholt
  • Scholarship Committee – Kevin Solberg 
Employment Opportunities
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Membership Postings
In accordance with SEAW bylaws, membership applications are vetted by the executive director, granted probationary status by the chapter board, and posted for membership comment. Membership is considered accepted 30 days after posting if current year dues are paid and no member objections have been received.   Read More

New Members:
  • Stan Agee
  • Arzhang Alimoradi
  • Eloise Allsop
  • Avnash Banwait
  • Todd Barfuss
  • Benjamin Bird
  • Grant Buckingham
  • Frank Calabrese
  • Priscila Carrijo
  • Jacqueline Celin
  • Ruen-Wen Chang
  • Jeff Creagan
  • Theresa Daniel
  • Dane Egusa
  • Benjamin Enfield
  • Eric Fletcher
  • Cody Furrow
  • Manny Golez
  • Trevor Jensen
  • Alisha Khadka
  • Matthew Lemley
  • Anas Mahdi

  • David Marsee
  • Sunup Mathew
  • Jim Mattison
  • Khizar-Ali Mohammed
  • Aaron Pambianco
  • Patricia Paulino
  • Alexander Petuskey
  • Andreas Quinn
  • William Ragland
  • Ignasius Seilie
  • Ishani Singal
  • Matt Snook
  • Zachary Stutts
  • Dana Sveum
  • Jana Tetikova
  • Carson Thompson
  • Diana Timpson
  • Anthony Vader
  • Sabet Vallejo
  • Nicholas Welling
Upcoming Events
May 21: Disaster Prep & Response Committee meeting
May 21: Seattle Chapter Dinner Meeting
May 21: SEAW YMG Happy Hour with Steel Encounters
May 22: SEAW SW Chapter and AIA SWW Meeting
June 6: SEAW YMG Happy Hour with Contech Services, Inc.
August 14-17: 2019 NW Conference

From the Editor
MAY 2019

Equilibrium publication Team:
John Gunn, Editor
Darrell Staaleson, Past Editor
Zohrah Ali
Allison Tran
Blaine Sanchez
Lisette Terry
Shivang Gupta

This is the first edition of Equilibrium since it has become a statewide committee! Thank you to all those who have contributed. Please send feedback to

1.        All members are welcome to submit articles to Equilibrium. To help you with your writer's block, here are a few topics: Write “Engineer's Notes from Afield,” summarize an interesting technical design you worked on, write about how you have been successful and increased productivity with an accounting procedure or marketing technique, write about your experiences doing community service, or share some construction site photos and talk about lessons learned.

2.        “A Picture and a Paragraph.” Please use the article submittal form provided and the picture needs a caption along with the names of the people in the photo.

3.        Please submit your articles in Word format using the Article Template. [ Article Template ]

4.        Please send your articles to .

In the APR edition, the Continuing Education Chair was listed as Adam Ailvers. The current chair is Nathalie Boeholt.
May Puzzle:
What is the current name of the hospital featured in Grey’s Anatomy?
Bonus: What was its original name?
Clue: The hospital is named after two deceased characters.

Look on the SEAW Facebook Page for a picture clue!

The first SEAW member to respond on our SEAW Facebook Page or at the next dinner meeting – with a correct and full answer - will get coffee and a Danish pastry.

April Puzzle:
What used to be the 27th letter of the alphabet?
Bonus: Why does it look the way it does?
Clue: It is a mondegreen.

Picture clue:
The 27th letter of the alphabet was the ampersand (&). It originated as a ligature of the letters et—Latin for "and".

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