Join us for the Fall Forum 2017

The 2017 Fall Forum is Wednesday, November 15. Join us for the free lecture, featuring three internationally recognized experts in origami, and also for the dynamically engaging pre-function networking reception. We anticipate a large crowd of all ages and professions.  Thank you to the 43 firms that are sponsoring this event and SEFW programs!

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Jack Christiansen, 1927-2017

SEFW was saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Christiansen, prolific local structural engineer who worked on the Pacific Science Center, Rainier Tower, Museum of Flight, and Washington State Convention Center. Jack participated in the SEFW project, "Structural Engineers of the 1962 World's Fair" (pictured at right with a technician, Tom Kane, and Norm Jacobsen), and shared many of his experiences. Our thoughts are with Jack's family at this time.

Congratulations FilmWorks Winners!

SEFW is pleased to announce the winners of its first FilmWorks Initiative! Four videos were recognized and premiered at the SEFW Donor Appreciation Meeting in April.


The first place video, "Imagine a Better World," was submitted by Luke Heath, P.E., S.E., Associate at PCS Structural Solutions in Tacoma.

The second place video “Bring Concepts to Life,” is from Cleo Pineda, a St. Martin University engineering student. Tied for third place were “The Structural Engineer” by Edison Shi, Design Engineer at HNTB in Seattle, and “Civil Engineering” by Begum Birsoz, UW engineering student and UW SEAW Chapter President.


All of the videos are on the SEFW Vimeo page and Education page video library.

SEFW Director Receives 'STEM Forward Award'

Dave Peden of Coffman, former SEFW Chair and current Director, has spearheaded the Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition for three years now. In May, the School District recognized both him and SEFW with a “Mead School District STEM Forward” award, in recognition of the great support given with event. The District is grateful that SEFW prompted its engineering teachers to apply for a grant three years ago, which kick-started the annual competition. The 2017 event included students from elementary, middle, and high school, and was a huge success. Thank you Dave, for all your hard work with this!

DreamBIG showing now

SEFW is excited to publicize "DreamBIG: Engineering for our World," a 45-minute movie produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The film is playing at science centers all over the country, including the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Reviews so far have been every positive, as the film fascinates adults but also inspires students to engineering careers. Seattle firms and structures (like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) are featured. Read about it online and get your tickets today! The movie should screen for several months.

Structural Engineering Volunteer Blitz

The SEAW Outreach Committee is recruiting volunteers for upcoming efforts! Short- and long-term volunteers are needed for mentoring opportunities, STEM career fair appearances, speaking engagements, and more. Are you a structural engineer and want to give back? Sign up today to be part of the SEAW Outreach volunteer database, and you will be contacted with opportunities to serve. Thank you!


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