PO Box 6248
Edmonds, WA 98026
For the second year, SEFW funded a popsicle stick bridge-building competition in the Mead School District in Spokane. Close to 350 Mead School District students used more than one million popsicle sticks to create 130 bridges to test to failure. The winning bridge held 874 pounds!
SEFW continued its relationship with Mountlake Terrace High School (MTHS), a STEM school in Edmonds. For the second year, SEFW funded a competition for students to design and construct 7-foot wood-framed bridges. All the bridges supported several hundred pounds before failure, while one bridge supported more than 1,000 pounds and did not break!
Also at MTHS for the second year, SEFW provided funding and mentoring support for the FIRST Robotics team. Structural engineering principles were applied to the overall design, specifically the moving arms and lifting mechanism, for a 120-pound robot. The robot won several rounds of competition, and placed 13th out of 64 teams at regionals in Portland.
SEAW YMF volunteers and SEFW began making appearances at STEM Expo and Career fairs around Puget Sound, introducing 5,000+ students and parents to structural engineering careers! Interactive booths featured a bridge-building iPad app, wooden truss bridge sample, and sometimes a shake table activity.
The SEAW Scholarship Program presented two $5,000 awards to Washington structural engineering students, funded by SEFW.
Nicole Finley, of La Conner, received her BSCE from WSU and was earning her masters at University of Minnesota.
Samiah Rizvi, of Kirkland, earned her BSCE from UW and was earning her masters at Seattle University.
After several STEM fair appearances, SEFW successfully partnered with SEAW to create an Outreach Committee to field requests to attend fairs, assemble volunteers, and establish a “tool kit” of interactive activities. The committee then established a partnership with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), and they plan to attend several 2017 events.
Three professionals were invited to join the SEFW Board and accepted: Nancy Devine of the City of Seattle, Scott Douglas of Douglas Enterprises, and Richal Smith of Richal Smith & Co. Director terms are two years. The Board now consists of Mark D’Amato of DCI Engineers as chair, two vice chairs, one past chair, one secretary/treasurer, five directors, plus two on the administrative/communications team.
More than 250 people enjoyed SEFW's 6th Fall Forum, “Engineers, Architects, Builders: A Legacy of Innovation in the Pacific Northwest,” which featured main presenter Tyler Sprague, of the University of Washington, and panelists Carla Keel, Carla Keel Group; David Miller, Miller Hull Partnership; Scott Redman, Sellen Construction; and Jon Siu, City of Seattle; as well as special guest, former Washington Governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans, a career structural engineer who was involved in the viaduct, among other local projects. The event had 32 partnering firms and 15 cooperating organizations, and was a great success!
Marga Rose Hancock
B. Richal Smith
Elizabeth Ann Strickland
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Smith & Huston
TY Lin International
Mark & Linda D'Amato
Hall & Company
Shannon & Wilson
ACE Mentor Program
ASCE Seattle Section
Masonry Institute of
Department of Civil
Department of Civil
Urban Land Institute
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The above graphs outline SEFW's breakdown of contributions/income and expenditures for 2016. Financial goals for 2017 include increasing individual donations and improving distribution of funds to better match the mission statement. Additionally, in 2016 the Board established a separate account, funded 100% by Board donations, to support SEFW-related expenditures not directly related to programs. Monthly meeting expenses, Board retreats, social functions, and other similar activities are paid for by the Board-funded account. Individual or corporate donations are used exclusively for costs associated with the SEFW mission.