YOU'RE INVITED:
A JOINT CASE, NCSEA & SEI TOWN HALL EVENT
Tuesday, March 15 | 12–1:30 p.m. CST
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Leadership from CASE, NCSEA, and SEI will host a virtual, joint town hall event to discuss how the three organizations are progressing to fulfill the Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering (adopted in April 2019), specifically highlighting current and future initiatives to advance the profession and enhance member engagement. An open Q&A session will follow.

Curious about what to expect from this year's event? Visit our website or take a look at last year's town hall.
2021 NCSEA STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SUMMIT
We had a wonderful time in person at this year's Summit! The 400+ attendees networked with old colleagues, learned from industry experts, visited with industry-leading suppliers at the trade show, and celebrated our Excellence Award winners (video on right), Special Awards winners, and Young Member Group Award winner.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2022 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SUMMIT
November 1-4, 2022 in Chicago, IL
NCSEA is seeking abstracts for the 2022 Structural Engineering Summit. Sessions will be 45–60 minutes total and should deliver pertinent and useful information that is specific to the practicing structural engineer, in both technical and non-technical tracks. 

For more information and to submit your abstract, visit our website. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2022.
APPLY TO BE A RECIPIENT OF NCSEA'S DIVERSITY IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship was established by the NCSEA Foundation in 2020 to award funding to students traditionally underrepresented in structural engineering (including but not limited to Black/African Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and other people of color). Multiple scholarships are presented annually to junior college students, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students pursuing degrees in structural engineering.

2021 SEA GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS
The SEA Grant Program awards state structural engineers associations (SEAs) funding for projects that advance their SEA and the structural engineering profession in accordance with the NCSEA Mission Statement. Supported by the NCSEA Foundation, the SEA Grant Program has delivered more than $70,000 in grants since its inception. 

This year, NCSEA awarded the following grants:
  • The Structural Engineers Association of New Mexico (SEANM) received a grant to start a new Young Member Group for college students, recent graduates, and young engineers to connect, network, and learn. 
  • The Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) was awarded grants to fund an outreach program to build STEM awareness and to support a local Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Symposium featuring research and data on racial demographics of the local structural engineering field and conversation about what can be done to promote broader attraction and retention of all structural engineers. 
  • The Structural Engineers Association of South Carolina (SEASC) will use its grant money to launch a chapter of the Engineers Alliance for the Arts high school student bridge design project, a ten-week curriculum where volunteer structural engineers will visit participating high school classrooms weekly to lead student groups through conceptualization, design, construction, testing and presentation of foamboard bridges.
  • The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) will put its grant to use by implementing a public speaking workshop for its Young Member Group to kick off a year-long learning program, and a Diversity Equity Inclusion roundtable event to increase participation and engagement in diversity and inclusion efforts in the local structural engineering community.
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.
 
This month, we turn our focus toward one of the most underrepresented groups in structural engineering. According to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ 2018 Status Report on Engineering Education, Black women accounted for less than one percent of all structural engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded in the U.S in 2016. The lack of representation is just one obstacle facing Black women as they consider careers in engineering. This month’s resources offer ways to combat this issue, as well as some of the others facing Black women as they navigate the structural engineering field. 
 
February is also Black History Month! Don’t forget to check out last February’s edition of Read.Watch.Listen, where we highlighted a number of notable Black engineers.

Missed the previous issue? Check out the NCSEA SE3 Committee News and Publication page. Share your thoughts and/or recommended resources for the next issue at ncsea@ncsea.com.
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Jocelyn Jackson, former national chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), reflects on her own journey to become an engineer. She identifies lack of representation as a key obstacle facing Black women interested in engineering, and discusses the importance of community in addressing that problem.
In this episode of the Engineering Career Coach, host Jeff Perry interviews Kameelah Samar Majied, a mechanical engineer who serves as the national professionals chair of NSBE as well as the associate director of network strategy and execution at Merck & Co., Inc. She shares her thoughts and experiences as a Black woman in the engineering industry. *If you are tight on time, we recommend starting the video at 20:48.
In this episode of the Society of Women Engineers Diverse podcast, we hear from Louvere Walker-Hannon, a MathWorks senior application engineer. Walker-Hannon discusses how mentorship and professional organizations can play a role in improving representation among Black women in engineering.
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.

This New York Times article highlights the tsunami hazard for Pacific Northwest coastal communities from earthquakes associated with the offshore Cascadia subduction zone. With limited time to evacuate to high ground, the low-lying communities are particularly at risk. A network of 58+ vertical evacuation structures is needed in areas that could be inundated by tsunamis. Such structures saved thousands of lives in Japan in 2011. To date, only two such structures have been built along the Washington and Oregon coast. Funding is needed to advance this important program. ASCE 7-22 incudes design provisions for tsunami loads.

FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) initiative intends to support states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. Preliminary data indicates that FY 2021 grant applications totaling over $4 billion have been submitted to this program underscoring the value of this initiative and the need for continued funding to enhance natural hazard resilience in the US.

President Joe Biden intends to nominate Alice Hill to serve as the deputy administrator for resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hill previously served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led national policy development related to natural disasters, national security, and climate change. FEMA’s resilience initiative envisions a better prepared and resilient nation through insurance, mitigation, continuity, preparedness programs, and grants. The organization includes the Federal Insurance and Mitigation AdministrationGrant Programs DirectorateNational Continuity Programs, and National Preparedness Directorate, as well as other offices and partnerships.
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