The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship was established by the NCSEA Foundation to award students who have been traditionally underrepresented in structural engineering.
Two state engineers associations recently partnered with the
NCSEA Foundation on the diversity scholarship program—the Structural
Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) for an endowed
scholarship, and the Structural Engineers Association of Metro Washington
(SEA-MW) for a named scholarship.

Kevin S. Moore, P.E., S.E. remarked, “SEAONC is excited to support NCSEA’s efforts at reaching across the nation to find a deserving, under-
represented student to help the profession diversify. In almost 30 years of
practicing structural engineering, I cannot recall an effort that has the potential to change the profession in a more meaningful way.”

Jennifer Greenawalt, P.E., S.E., LEED Green Associate shared, “SEA-MW has been pursuing starting a scholarship for several years and with the founding of our SEA-MW SE3 Committee last year, we are excited to be able to sponsor a DEI scholarship through NCSEA to support students in the DC Metro region and surrounding areas.”

If your SEA or firm is interested in supporting the NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship Program, click here to learn more.

Are you (or someone you know) interested in applying for the NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship? Submit your application today. Applications are due Friday, April 29.
Welcome to the next installment of Read.Watch.Listen: a monthly forum hosted by the NCSEA SE3 Committee to share and promote conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. Each month, we will curate a series of articles, audio-visual and digital media to facilitate self-education in matters that affect our professional practice as structural engineers. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), we hope you will join us in this important conversation.
In this post, we celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month. The resources below highlight the contributions of Arab Americans to our industry and our society, while also illuminating some of the challenges they face. To overcome these hurdles, organizations like the National Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects (NAAAEA) are working to inspire and engage Arab American engineers and students. The Arab American Institute (AAI), a non-partisan advocacy organization, also aims to ensure the civil rights of Arab Americans across the country.

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This article celebrates numerous Arab American engineers, highlighting NASA’s Charles Elachi and the University of Michigan’s Fawwaz T. Ulaby. It also discusses efforts undertaken by NAAAEA to increase Arab American involvement in engineering and architecture.
In this video, four Arab Americans discuss their backgrounds, inspirations, and innovations. From 9:30 to 17:00, Amir Abo-Shaeer presents his contributions to the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, where he returned as a teacher after beginning his career as an engineer.
Howayda Al-Harithy, professor of architecture and urban design, discusses her experiences with urban recovery in the Arab world, including her involvement with the ongoing reconstruction of Beirut after the 2020 explosion.
November 2-4, 2022 in Chicago
NCSEA is excited to announce that the 2022 Structural Engineering Summit will be held in Chicago from November 2–4, 2022. Plan to join us in the “windy city” to learn and network with those who know “wind loads” best! Save the date, and look for more details in the months to come.
The NCSEA Resilience Committee seeks to provide a multidisciplinary collaboration platform to formulate recommendations and innovations to enhance resilience in the built environment. In an effort to further the Committee’s goal to educate the structural engineering community on resilience approaches to planning, design, and construction, the following resilience-focused content addresses strategies, practices, and ways of thinking to meet the challenges of designing in a multi-hazard environment. Acknowledging that resilience-thinking is cross-disciplinary, the content highlighted will be from many different perspectives and disciplines intentionally.

An online LEED credit program is currently being offered by the USGBC (US Green Building Council) for the design professionals interested in gaining exposure and earning LEED credits in topics such as assessment and planning for resilience, designing for enhanced resilience and passive survivability, and back-up power during disruptions. Risks that must be considered as a part of this credit now include sea-level rise, extreme heat, and more intense winter storms. The credit also explains/mandates the procedures for the collection of hazard information. Active planning for the passive survivability of the occupants of the buildings during the hazard event by providing emergency water and backup generators for electricity is also discussed.

Community resilience is an intricate concept that is arduous to capture and turn into explicit knowledge. The article presented here provides a literature review of the community resilience and material from surveying the practitioners to obtain their insights into community resilience and potential data sources from local communities. Some of the important research questions, such as the main components that shape resilience at the community level defined from existing studies, projects, tools, and ways to design a repository architecture that can be used to gather community resilience-related data from different communities and the potential users involved in the use of gathered data are discussed in this article.

Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate. Improving climate resilience involves assessing how climate change will create new, or alter current, climate-related risks, and taking steps to better cope with these risks. Good resilience planning also accounts for chronic events, like rising sea levels, worsening air quality, and population migration. C2ES(Center for Climate and Energy Solutions) is widely known worldwide as a thought leader and trusted convener on critical climate and energy challenges. The organization works with Fortune 500 companies and leading initiatives such as Climate Innovation 2050. Visit the website to choose from a number of leading initiatives that align with your climate goals.
Leadership from CASE, NCSEA, and SEI hosted a virtual, joint town hall event to discuss how the three organizations are progressing to fulfill the Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering, specifically highlighting current and future initiatives to advance the profession and enhance member engagement. Thank you to all who joined us!