New Scholarship Opportunity from NCSEA Foundation
NCSEA is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity funded by the NCSEA Foundation. The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship was established as part of ongoing initiatives to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion programs. This scholarship will provide funding to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in structural engineering, including but not limited to Black/African Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and other people of color. We encourage SEA members to share this scholarship opportunity with individuals, firms, and schools in their area. Together with the support of the SEAs, we can strengthen the future of the structural engineering profession.

Click here to learn more. Applications are due April 30, 2021.
Welcome to this 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.
 
Most of us living in the United States depend on the regular use of highways. The creation of our intricate infrastructure system shaped a new way of life for many, leading to the formation of suburbs and densification of cities. However, the construction of these roadways also played an integral role in the segregation of communities and amplified systemic racism in the US. The resources below explore the development of interstate highways, particularly in cities, and how they disproportionately interrupt minority communities.
 
Our infrastructure is in need of improvement and rehabilitation as summarized in the recent publication of ASCE’s annual Infrastructure Report Card. As engineers, we are directly tied to the safety and efficacy of our nation’s transportation systems. In maintaining our country’s infrastructure, it is important to understand the greater societal implications of this work so we can help to bring about positive, lasting change.

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READ
In this installment of the 1619 Project, created by The New York Times Magazine to spotlight the consequences of slavery, and contributions of Black Americans in our nation’s history, Kevin M. Kruse demonstrates the historical preference for interstates to be built through “blighted” communities while also discussing the challenges of linking modern cities.
WATCH
This video clip from Vox illustrates how interstate highways were engineered to run through the heart of major cities. It also emphasizes how wealthy white neighborhoods were able to keep the interstates out of their neighborhoods through racial politics disguised as “urban renewal”.
LISTEN
This episode of the Donna Rehm Show is a discussion on the unanticipated consequences of the US highway system which was intentionally built to separate and segregate the population. The second half of the discussion includes a call-in segment with audience members that demonstrates these issues are still prevalent today.
SE3 Spring Series Begins Tomorrow
Join us March 24, 31 & April 7!
This virtual multi-day series is for engineers of all levels, business owners, human resource managers, and anyone within the AEC industry who are interested in promoting engagement & equity in the structural engineering profession.
Attendees will:
  • hear the key findings from the SE3 Survey
  • gain insight from engineers around the country
  • acquire practical strategies & best practices for improving employee retention and engagement

Click here to be a part of the conversations as we focus on topics in the national spotlight and how they impact the profession. The first sessions for this event take place tomorrow!
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. Join the conversation on LinkedIn!

  • The Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking scores economies on 11 core metrics based on where the pandemic is being handled the most effectively with the least social & economic disruption. Pandemic resilient planning & design that appreciates the spectrum of performance metrics will improve our collective capacity to absorb, adapt, and mitigate the impacts of future disasters.
  • In this session of Building Back Better, organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network & World Bank, the panelists discuss how we can recover from Covid-19 and features projects that embody values of resilience capacity building. Structural Engineers benefit from this discussion exploring different ways the built environment can contribute positively to the resilience of a community.
  • 'Engineering A Safer Future' is a series of podcasts and reports with the aim of surfacing insights on the likely scale and permanence of the changes that Covid-19 has triggered. The topics discussed include: safety at work, data and information systems, education, infrastructure and public understanding of risk. This series explores both the impact of disruption and how disruption can create opportunity for change.
Upcoming Webinars

March 24, 31 & April 7, 2021

April 6, 2021
Donald Harvey, P.E.

April 27, 2021
Barry Arnold, P.E., S.E.

April 20-22, 2021
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