SEFW 2015 Annual Report

From Mark D'Amato, Chair:

Thank you for your support of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington! We had a fantastic 2015. Please enjoy this report of what we accomplished last year. Your donations supported scholarships, outreach opportunities, our incredible Fall Forum, and more. With your partnership, we are accomplishing much good work promoting structural engineering.

 

Popsicle Bridge Competition

January-February 2015

More than 350 students from grades 9-12 in the Mead School District in Spokane designed popsicle-stick bridges to be tested in a competition funded by SEFW. The students produced 280 bridges in the first round. The top 25 from each school went to the final competition, where the winning bridge held more than 400 pounds!  SEFW funded the competition and was pleased to see the students learn all about structural engineering.

SEAW Student Competition

November 2014-January 2015

SEFW was proud to sponsor the first annual SEAW Student Competition, which featured teams from the University of Washington and Seattle University designing, constructing, and testing wooden bridges. The teams presented their experiences and a winner was crowned at the January 2015 SEAW meeting.

Research Fund Created

February 2015

After discussion with SEAW, SEFW created a Disaster Preparedness and Response fund, specifically for earthquake and disaster reconnaissance that can assist Washington state in its research and preparatory efforts. Tax-deductible donations are being collected and will be distributed accordingly as the need arises.

Seattle Icon Structural Tours

March-April 2015

In partnership with Washington STEM, SEFW hosted two field trips to the Seattle Center for 80+ high school students from the Highline School District. YMF volunteers led structural engineering-focused tours of the Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, and KeyArena. Students were introduced not only to the buildings themselves, but also to information about careers in structural engineering and associated technical fields such as CADD.

University Scholarships

April 2015

The SEAW Scholarship Program presented two $3,000 awards to Washington structural engineering students, funded by SEFW.

Hillary Tervet, of Federal Way, received her BSCE from Seattle University and is currently earning her masters at SU.

 

Jonathon Waldrip, of Port Angeles, earned his BSCE from Washington State University in May 2014 and is currently earning his masters at WSU.

STEM High School Mentoring

March-May 2015

SEFW provided funding and mentors to the Mountlake Terrace High School (MTHS) STEM Magnet program. Two SEAW YMF members helped 90 students design and construct six-foot-long wood-framed truss bridges designed to carry a minimum of 150 pounds, then test them to failure. The best bridge held 603 pounds! Additionally, another YMF member helped the MTHS FIRST Robotics team identify and design for loads to its structural elements, like its lifting arm mechanism. In total, 115 STEM students learned about structural engineering from these experiences. SEFW's experiences at MTHS were highlighted in the October 2015 issue of Structure magazine.

World Trade Center Forum

November 2015

Nearly 500 guests attended the 5th Annual Fall Forum, "One World Trade Center:  Then & Now." The opening remarks, by Jon Magnusson from Magnusson Klemenecic Associates, discussed the original WTC structures and terrorist attack. The main presentation was by Dr. Ahmad Rahimian from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, who discussed the WTC redevelopment and the new tower, arguably the most anxiously awaited skyscraper in U.S. history.

Board of Directors Changes

D'Amato

Hemmen

November 2015

At the final Board meeting of 2015, outgoing Chair David Peden (2013- 2015), nominated Vice Chair Mark D'Amato for the Chair position. He will serve from 2015-2017. Dick Hemmen was named Vice Chair, and Ted Smith remains Secretary/Treasurer.

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

Thank you to our individual and corporate donors in 2015.

 

 

Individual donors:

 

Wayne Adamek

Eduardo Avelar*

Robert Barry

Ted Bernards

Paul Brallier

Carol Buckingham

Arne Carson

Chevy Chase

Mark D'Amato

Steve Dill

Scott Douglas

Gregor Edwards

Nancy Duevel

Greg Gilda

Jennifer Goupil

Charlie Griffes

Greg Guillen

Peter Hart

Roger Heeringa

Frank Hofmeister

Craig Keller

Randy LaPlante / LSB

    Engineering

Joyce Lem

Michael Leonard /

    MLA Engineering

Matt Leslie

Joseph Johnson

Jon Magnusson

Glenn Malubay

James Maras

Vince McClure

Dionisio Muyco

Timothy Nordstrom

Aaron Pambianco

Charles Pearson

David Peden

Fred Pneuman

Chuck Prussack

Dean Ratti

Ron Roberts

Christopher Robertson

Marga Rose Hancock

Hans Saxer

Greg Schindler

Mark Scott

Jill Shuttleworth

Einar Svensson

Richal Smith

Ted Smith

John Tate

Sabet Vallejo

Charles Williams

 

*speaking stipend donated

 

 

Corporate donors:

 

Platinum

Cary Kopczynski &

   Company

 

Gold

Coughlin Porter

    Lundeen

DCI Engineers

 

Silver

Coffman Engineers

Degenkolb

Integrus Architecture

KPFF Consulting

    Engineers

Lane Powell

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Magnusson Klemencic

    Associates

Seattle Structural

Smith & Huston

 

Bronze

Bright Engineering

BTL Engineering

CG Engineering

Contech Services

CT Engineering

Mark & Linda D'Amato

Dibble Engineers

Hall & Company

Malsam Tsang

    Structural

    Engineering

Mayes Testing

    Engineers

Powers Fasteners

Quantum Consulting

    Engineers

Sellen Construction

Shannon & Wilson

Turner Construction

Verco Decking

Wetherholt &

    Associates, Inc.

 

Cooperating Organizations

American Institute of

    Architects, Seattle

    Chapter

American Institute of

    Architects,

    Southwest Chapter

ASCE Seattle Section

ASHRAE, Puget Sound

    Chapter

Concrete Reinforcing

    Steel Institute

Northwest Concrete

    Masonry

    Association

Portland Cement

    Association

Seattle Architecture

    Foundation

Seattle University

    Department of Civil

    and Environmental

    Engineering

Structural Engineers

    Association of

    Washington

University of

    Washington

    Department of Civil

    and Environmental

    Engineering

Washington

    Aggregates &

    Concrete

    Association

Washington State

    University

    Department of Civil

    and Environmental

    Engineering

Washington STEM

DONATE TO SEFW TODAY

Support SEFW in its mission to promote structural engineering. Give to one of our three fund designation categories:

 

 

General Fund

Scholarship Fund

 

Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund

This Annual Report was prepared by our SEFW Administrator. Contact her with questions or feedback:  Angela Gottula Twining | admin@sefw.org

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