Event Information

The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Fall Forum to be held as a virtual event at 5PM on November 12, 2020.


It comes as no surprise that the 10th Annual Fall Forum would be held during a year like no other! SEFW regrets that we cannot gather in person, but we are looking forward to making this virtual event noteworthy and interesting for all audiences.


The 7,300 bridges in Washington state are full of stories. Some are stories of history and culture, necessity and politics, or the challenges and marvels of civil engineering. Learning these stories connects communities more closely to their built environment and honors the design, engineering, and legacy of these significant spans. For the 10th Annual Fall Forum, the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington is honored to host Maureen Elenga, local historian, and John Stanton, PhD., a professor of civil engineering at the University of Washington, to present an educational evening showcasing bridges in Washington. Ms. Elenga will share the cultural, quirky, and even surprising histories of several local bridges, while Dr. Stanton will reveal engineering mysteries to bring them to life for the technical observer. The event will be of interest to designers, engineers, students -- and anyone who travels over bridges.



About our Speakers:

Maureen R. Elenga is an architectural historian whose published works include Seattle Architecture: a Walking Guide to Downtown (2008, Seattle Architecture Foundation) and Bridges of Seattle (2020, Arcadia Press). She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in art history and communications from the University of Oregon.


Maureen has worked as the business manager for Arcade Journal, a quarterly magazine dedicated to architecture, urbanism and design in the Pacific Northwest. She also served as the technical manager of the University of Washington Library’s Cities and Buildings Database, an online resource for images and information on thousands of buildings and sites around the world.


Born and raised in Portland, Maureen developed an early interest in architecture from her father, a retired partner with BORA Architects. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

John F. Stanton is the Thomas & Marilyn Nielsen Professor in Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He began teaching at UW in 1978 and has been a professor since 1992, primarily teaching structural engineering.


John has bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, as well as a MSCE from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California at Berkeley. He worked in design practice for six years in Britain, France, and Canada before joining the University of Washington.


He has taught and conducted research in several areas of structural engineering, focusing primarily on seismic engineering issues. Most recently, he has conducted work on developing new structural framing systems for buildings made from precast concrete.


During the last decade, his research has focused primarily on bridges, and he has contributed to the design and evaluation of several large bridge projects in the US and abroad.


Corporate Partnerships

Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze partnerships are available for both firms and individuals interested in supporting SEFW. Individual donors may also elect to become a "Friend of the Foundation" for a $100 tax-deductible gift. All corporate sponsors and Friends will be recognized at the virtual event.


Donations are key to SEFW’s continued funding of its charitable mission through scholarship, education, research, and outreach — all of which contribute to supporting the AEC industry.


Corporate sponsorship invitation letters are being sent to representatives of local firms. If you did not receive an invitation letter or would like to learn more about partnering with SEFW, please contact the SEFW administrator at admin@sefw.org or 206.451.7475.


Benefits of partnership are outlined below:

To make a donation, please contact the SEFW administrator at admin@sefw.org or 206.451.7475. You may also contact any of our Board of Directors with a pledge.

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