December 1, 8, & 15, 12–1:30 p.m. CST

Join us for this brand-new, web-based symposium on resilience. This symposium will be delivered over three weeks in three 1.5-hour webinars by some of the industry’s best and brightest minds.

We'll summarize each of the primary natural hazards and how we treat them as structural engineers. We will explore what it means to contribute to community resilience and how to consider recovery in addition to safety when designing buildings and infrastructure. In addition to natural hazards, disruptive events represent a challenge for communities for which they must recover; we will present new thoughts about what it means to recover and how one might consider recovery in the context of changing conditions.
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Are you interested in expanding your skillset in finance and accounting to grow your leadership and business skills?

NCSEA and AE Ascend are partnering to offer three new on-demand programs focused on accounting and finance for structural engineers. The leader of these programs is Jared Jamison, founder, and president of AE Ascend, a leading expert with more than 20 years of experience in A/E firm management, operations, financial management, and business strategy. These webinars are designed to allow the attendees to learn at their own pace while also providing 1–4 PDH(s) for each course completed. 
While the end of the year is fast approaching, do you have a little flexibility on your calendar on Thursday, December 9 from 12—1 p.m. CST? If so, the Young Member Group Support Committee (YMGSC) would like to offer you the chance to share your personal insights on some of those things you “know now but you wish had known then."

This is the first in a series of virtual open discussions with no strict program—just a chance to learn a little about the YMGSC while also having some fun. We’ll chat about those first few months on the job and what was learned—from a mentor’s guidance or from the School of Hard Knocks—as a brand-new structural engineer.
Nominations will be accepted through December 3, 2021.
The NCSEA BOD Nominating Committee is seeking two candidates from across the country who are willing to share their unique skills, expertise, and experience to lead our community and further the profession. These candidates will serve in at-large Director positions for a two-year term beginning on April 1, 2022. Serving on the Board is an exceptional opportunity for personal and professional development that will enrich your career, build your network, and inspire the next generation of structural engineers.

The success of NCSEA depends upon the strength of its Board of Directors. Don’t miss the opportunity to join a team of like-minded individuals and be a part of a collaborative effort. Apply today and/or nominate an individual with qualities of integrity, credibility, and the passion to drive the structural engineering profession. Below is a link to the nomination form. NCSEA uses Submittable to collect information so you will need to create a Submittable account to log in and complete the form.
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 celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, which runs throughout the month of November. Each year, this time is dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans to our society. In addition to highlighting just a handful of these achievements, this month’s resources call attention to some of the difficulties that Native American engineers face in our industry.
As we reflect on the achievements of Native American engineers through today, it is also important to look to the future. According to the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities' 2018 Status Report on Engineering Education, 0.3% of all undergraduate engineering degrees are awarded to American Indian / Alaska Native (AIAN) students. While AIAN only represents about 1% of the US population, this indicates a substantial lack of representation. Organizations like the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) are working to engage students, foster Native American leadership, and improve representation in engineering.

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
To help celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Society of Women Engineers held a discussion with Laura Smith-Velazquez, winner of the 2020 American Indian Science and Engineering Society Technical Excellence Award. In the interview transcript, she offers a look into how her Native heritage played a role in her development as an aeronautical and systems engineer.
Sarah Echohawk is the CEO of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). In this interview, she discusses the challenges facing Native American students in STEM, the importance of early engagement and representation, and the role that AISES plays in supporting students in the pursuit of STEM degrees.
On this episode, host Edaena Salinas invites Robin Máxkii to discuss her experiences as a Native American woman in STEM. Máxkii covers her experiences growing up on a Reservation, what led her to a career as a software engineer, how she’s working to increase diversity and inclusivity in our industry, and why representation matters.
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.

The First Street Foundation recently released findings from a research project to better characterize the operational flood risk to various building/infrastructure typologies and their respective changing risk profile over a 30-year time horizon. This research is the first-ever nationwide index of community vulnerability to flooding, taking the approach of quantifying risk based on operational thresholds. The analysis showed an increase in risk to each typology (residential, commercial, critical infrastructure, etc.) over the next 30 years as well as identified patterns of geographic risk to communities. This data can guide policymakers to drive investment in climate-resilient infrastructure in the most at-risk locations. Unlike other tools and resources quantifying flood risk, this research quantifies risk under actual current and future climate conditions in a more precise manner. 

Policymakers and advocates alike liken the climate crisis to a battle that we need to fight and an enemy we need to defeat. This podcast uses metaphor to reframe the way we think about life on a changing planet. It posits that much of the irreversible damage is already done. For example, the tipping point for accelerated ice melt at our poles has already been met in some places. It suggests we take advantage of this window in time to instead strategize retreat and find new ways to live in a new reality. In this reality, we need to focus on maintaining the quality of life for threatened populations through out-of-the-box thinking. While it’s not in our culture to accept defeat, perhaps it’s the only way to prepare ourselves for what’s next and not be defeated by our own ego. Instead, we can meet this challenge with flexibility and thoughtfulness.

A framework for communities to think about how to build resilience to climatic hazards is shared in a series of short videos by the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The overview provides an approach for cities to follow to assess their vulnerabilities to various hazards, encouraging regular updates of municipal planning efforts to address a changing risk landscape. A portfolio of case studies of how cities are enhancing their resilience and other tools and data pertaining to climatic threats are available on the website.
Interested in learning more about how NCSEA committees work? Passionate about sharing Structural Engineering with others? The External Communications Committee is seeking 1–2 young members to serve as Recording Secretaries for its monthly meetings. This is a great opportunity for emerging professionals without previous experience to network with national leaders and become involved with NCSEA's public outreach efforts.
Please contact Committee Chair Angelina Stasulis,, for more information.
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