SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
June/July 2020
  • SEAMASS Kicks off New Fiscal Year
  • A Message from SEAMASS President Doug Antholz, SE
  • Member Profile: Patrick McCafferty, PE
  • RECAP: Young Members Group Virtual Seminar
  • SEAMASS Supports NCSEA's Call to Action RE: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • SEAMASS SE3 Committee News
  • SEAMASS Collaborates with Building Industry Groups RE: COVID-19
  • Call for Entries: 2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards
  • Member News: Article by David Odeh, PE in STRUCTURE Magazine
  • It's Time to Renew Your SEAMASS Membership or Sponsorship
  • Welcome New Sponsors
  • New Lunch & Learn Webinars offered by NCSEA
  • How to Access Your Benefits and Profile in the NCSEA Member Portal
SEAMASS Kicks Off New Fiscal Year
SEAMASS officially kicked off our new 2020-21 fiscal year on June 1. At the May 2020 Board of Directors meeting (via virtual conference due to COVID-19 distancing) outgoing president Bill Lovallo, PE summarized the past year’s achievements and thanked all Board and Committee members for their service and dedication to SEAMASS.

Incoming president Doug Antholz, SE presented Bill with a commemorative plaque to honor his service, and praised him for his longstanding support as SEAMASS Director and President. A special thanks was given to longtime board members Marc Rivard and David Morand who both retired from the board after many years of service.

Doug also welcomed new Board members Nate Roy, PE and Patrick McCafferty, PE, and discussed his vision and priorities for the year ahead.
See Doug's President’s Message in this issue.

Your SEAMASS Board of Directors 2020-2021:
OFFICERS: Doug Antholz, SE (President); Lisa Davey, PE (Vice President); Aaron Ford, PE (Secretary); Bassem Almuti, PE, LEED AP BD&C (Secretary); Bill Lovallo, PE (Past President) DIRECTORS:  Eric Buckley, PE; Patrick McCafferty, PE; Ed Moll, PE; Nate Roy, PE; David Schnerch; PE, Ph.D; John Thomsen, PE, Ph.D, SECB; Chelsea Hoplin, PE (YMG Liaison)
Message from SEAMASS President Doug Antholz, SE
We’re all experiencing a new reality that’s changing the way we do business, meet and collaborate. SEAMASS is moving forward into the new year, adjusting how we operate and introducing some long-term initiatives.

We are working with our National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) to adapt best practices, and will be announcing virtual one-hour programs in the next few months. As soon as we are able we will be back to meeting in person.
We are also pursuing several initiatives to move the organization forward. The first initiative, SE3, is designed to engage all engineers and assist them in their career. You can read more about that later in this newsletter. We are also working to provide collaborative opportunities with other professionals in the built environment. All of these programs and initiatives are ways that SEAMASS is working to serve the structural engineering community.
Renew Now, to Keep our Organization Strong
As a member driven organization SEAMASS relies on member and sponsor participation and annual dues. Our mission is to support the structural engineering community through learning, advocacy, and serving. Your dues go directly to improving the speakers we bring in, scholarships we offer to aspiring engineers, and missions to support the YMG & SE3 Committees. Please take a moment to renew now for $50 for yourself or escalate your membership by sponsoring SEAMASS.

We greatly appreciate your continued membership and support. We look forward to the day when we can meet in person again, and in the meantime we move forward.

We hope you enjoy a safe and productive summer.
Doug Antholz, SE | SEAMASS President
Join the SEAMASS Community online!
The SEAMASS LinkedIn group is a great place to get up to date information on seminars, webinars, and general news of interest to structural engineers.
Meet a Member: Patrick McCafferty, PE
SEAMASS Director 2020-2023
Patrick McCafferty is the Structural Engineering Leader, the Education Business Leader, and a Project Director for Arup in Boston; a member of the AISC 370 Structural Stainless Steel Committee; a Trustee of the Boston Society for Architecture’s BSA Foundation; and is a member of faculty in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He has more than 23 years of multinational experience in structural engineering design and engineering design management.
He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Civil Engineering degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University. He has answered the questions below, so we may get to know him better. Thank you Patrick, for your dedication to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!
Q: Why did you join SEAMASS?
A: I joined SEAMASS because I felt it was important to personally and actively contribute to this very important organization to our profession. The structural engineering community has a tremendous responsibility as society’s stewards of safe, durable, efficient, and sustainable building and infrastructure design. And through our technical prowess and design ingenuity, we are likewise the linchpin that can unlock beautiful works of architecture that our society so rightly deserves.

Few other professions command such tremendous responsibility and authority. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the same society we serve has precious little appreciation for what it is we do and the role that we play to keep our communities safe, durable, and vibrant. SEAMASS is uniquely poised to better promote our profession both within the AEC community and throughout society at large; and to celebrate the art of structural engineering that we all enjoy. I am both excited and honored to help raise the profile of the structural engineering community through my active participation with SEAMASS.

Q: As an engineer, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: Throughout my professional career at Arup, I have enjoyed the distinct pleasure and privilege of having had a direct hand in the realization of some fantastic projects across the globe. I spent the first two years of my career working in London on some particularly wonderful buildings, including as the structural engineering analyst for Renzo Piano’s Padre Pio Cathedral in Foggia, Italy and Arup Associate’s Manchester City Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Later, when my career brought me to New York City, I was tasked with leading the structural engineering design of Pei Cobb Freed’s US Air Force Memorial in Washington D.C. and Bernard Tschumi’s New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Since coming to Boston 15 years ago, I have proudly co-led the structural engineering design of... READ MORE
RECAP: Young Members Group Virtual Seminar
Pictured from left: Presenter Brian Post, PE; Slide & Screen shot; Presenter Kyle Karschner, PE

On May 6, the SEAMASS Young Members Group hosted their annual Introduction to the SE/PE Exam Seminar, an interactive presentation designed to help young engineers navigate the complex testing and licensing process by reviewing the registration and prep phases of the SE & PE exams. This event is typically presented in person in Boston; however, this year it was offered virtually for participants’ health and safety. One of the YMG’s most popular events, this year was no exception – and the online format enabled 50 participants from 11 states to participate.

The event was moderated by YMG President Chelsea Hoplin, PE and the discussion was led by recently-licensed engineers Kyle Karschner, PE and Brian Post, PE. A detailed presentation highlighted application requirements, timelines, testing strategies, and licensing processes, followed up by a Q&A session for participants to gain valuable insight into exam-prep tips and techniques. This successful event was the first virtual seminar hosted by SEAMASS YMG. The positive feedback and number of participants from across the country has proven the efficacy this platform, and may lead to more in the future. For more info, visit the YMG Page of
Follow or Link to SEAMASS YMG on these Social Platforms:
Instagram (@seamassymg) and  LinkedIn
Promoting Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
As a member organization, SEAMASS supports the NCSEA Call To Action to identify and eradicate behaviors that perpetuate racism and inequality within our profession.

The SEAMASS Board of Directors looks forward to working with the NCSEA to accelerate the progress to ensure a just and safe environment for all members of our profession.
SEAMASS SE3 Committee News
The SEAMASS Structural Engineering Engagement And Equity (SE3) Committee strives to attract and retain the best talent into our profession, and to ensure all structural engineers have a clear pathway to success in their careers.

Through hands-on seminars, mentoring, and networking events, our committee intends to bridge the gap between engineers of all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, age, or job title. The SEAMASS SE3 Committee also supports the NCSEA Call to Action and will proactively address issues related to inequality and inequity.

Our work ranges from identifying opportunities for professional development and training to improving project management skills. It includes offering flexible policies to accommodate the work-life balance needs of employees and addressing wage gaps and other inequities. Recognizing that the engineering workplace and workforce is evolving, we work to attract and retain the very best talent into this rewarding profession.

Contact SEAMASS member Rob Kane to learn more about the SE3 Committee, and ways to get involved.
SEAMASS Collaborates with Industry Groups RE: Covid 19
A representative from our SEAMASS Board of Directors continues to participate in virtual meetings with representatives from industry groups such as NAIOP, AGC and others, organized by the BSA, to collaborate regarding advocacy and knowledge/resource sharing in response to COVID-19. Going forward, the group will continue to discuss ways to share resources and mitigate potential construction industry downturns. SEAMASS will post updates to the News & Resources section of our website.
2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards
The 2020 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards submission deadline is July 14. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity. Multiple winners are presented in eight categories with an outstanding winner chosen from each category. The winners will be honored at NCSEA's annual Structural Engineering Summit. Structural engineers and structural engineering firms are encouraged to enter. Learn more about the awards along with submission instructions.

Check out the latest issue of STRUCTURE Magazine for an article by SEAMASS member David Odeh, PE titled, Big Moves for the Historic Sharpe House.

It's time to RENEW Your SEAMASS Membership
or Upgrade to Include Sponsorship
The new SEAMASS Fiscal Year runs from June 1, 2020 thru May 31, 2021. All members must renew their membership and/or upgrade to sponsorship as soon as possible, to continue receiving their member benefits .
Professional members (Engineers) are invited to upgrade their membership to a SEAMASS Professional Sponsorship (the cost is less than $1 per day). Corporate Sponsorships are also available for $1,200/year (less than $5 per day).

Affiliate members (Vendors who support engineers with services or education) are welcome to join SEAMASS as Business Sponsors, for just $350/year.

Click below to open a one-page PDF with sponsor options, benefits & registration links.
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View all sponsors in the Business Directory and Professional Directory
New Lunch & Learn Webinars
Offered by NCSEA and STRUCTURE Magazine
Plus Two FREE Recorded Webinars with Password Access
NCSEA offers several Lunch & Learn Webinars on various topics of interest to the Structural Engineering community. All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

SEAMASS members can also take advantage of two free recorded webinars
(regularly $250/webinar) each worth 1.5 continuing education credits:

How the AISC 360-16 Chapter K Changes Affect HSS Design, by Kim Olson, P.E., Access this webinar here and enter password: FREEWEBINAR.

Post-Tensioning Concepts, Repair, Modifications & Evaluation of Existing PT Structures , by Nate Poen. Access this webinar here and enter password: FREEWEBINAR
How to Update Your Profile and Access Your Benefits
in the NCSEA Member Portal
The Member Login section in the upper right corner of the NCSEA web site provides no-cost access to the Member Portal, a members-only section of the web site that provides access to white papers, member-only tools & resources, discounts to ICC publications, and digital issues of STRUCTURE magazine.
If you have never logged in, here's how: Click on the member login link and enter the e-mail address you used when your joined or renewed your SEAMASS membership. Then enter the (case-sensitive) password NCSEA1234. First-time users will be asked to create a new password. 

If you've logged in before, and forgotten your password: Enter your email address, and click "forgot password", to receive an immediate email with password reset instructions.

How to update your contact info (Name, Email, Mailing Address, etc.): The My Information section of the Member Portal provides you with access to your personal record, including contact information, transaction history and mailing preferences. NOTE: Please also notify with any changes to your contact information, so we can update our SEAMASS Roster.
SEAMASS is grateful to these Annual Corporate Sponsors for
their support and Dedication to our Organization
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