Letter from the Chairperson

Dear Fellow SEA-MW Members and Welcomed Visitors,

Almost 30 years ago, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW) was formed with a specific mission, “To provide a forum to improve the quality of structural engineering and related business practices, to promote engineering professional-ism among its members, and to elevate the reputation and image of structural engineers.” In support of our mission, it is our goal to promote and elevate the practice of structural en-gineering in the DC Metro Area through three main areas of focus: development of commu-nity, promoting education, and service.

We encourage all structural engineers to learn from and share with our 67 member firms. Join us for our monthly dinner programs to socialize and discuss relevant topics within our industry. This year’s business topics include navigating delegated design responsibilities, cur-rent trends in the workplace environment, and elevating the value of structural engineering services. Technical topics include constructability in steel construction and an introduction to the newest ACI 318 concrete code. An ethics program is being brought back due to over-whelming interest.

If you are new to our industry, we encourage you to embed yourself in the structural engi-neering community by participating in the Young Member Group (SEA-MW YMG). This is a thriving group of 120 energetic young engineers with monthly activities that range from so-cial functions including project site visits and meet-and-greets, to educational events includ-ing industry-related site visits and technical presentations, to networking events with other industry groups such as the AIA Emerging Architects Committee. This group will help you to become an emerging leader in our industry.

We are constantly looking for avenues to give back to the communities that allow us to practice our trade. Many of our young members support the ACE Mentor Program, a pro-gram that encourages high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, engineer-ing, and construction fields. We plan to again support SEA-MW’s involvement in Rebuilding Together, a nationwide event to assist elderly and disadvantaged homeowners in repairing and maintaining their homes. Our group has helped to renovate 6 homes in Montgomery County and Alexandria since 2010.

This year, we celebrate 10 years of the Excellence in Structural Engineering (ESE) Awards Gala. This annual event celebrates the structural engineering achievements of our members by showcasing projects in multiple categories including new construction, renovation, and specialty structures. This year’s event will again be held in the rooftop ballroom at the Newseum on February 20, 2016.

After having participated in this organization for over 8 years, I am so pleased to represent the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington for 2015-2016. I want to especially thank all of the talented and dedicated people who make the SEA-MW the success that it is. I also want to encourage you to share your talents with us and take an active role in improving our organization. If you are interested in becoming a member or participating in a group or committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Zachary D. Kates, P.E. LEED AP BD+C

Chairperson 2015-2016