SAF Launches Virtual Earthquake Exhibit

Seismic resilience. Historic preservation. Building rehabilitation. Disaster preparedness. Architectural design and structural engineering. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the February 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, the Seattle Architecture Foundation has launched a virtual exhibit, "When Seattle Shakes," that highlights architecture, structural engineering, and earthquake design specific to Seattle's most historic structures. Plus, find information to perform a readiness check on your own emergency kit. Check out the site today!

SEAW/SEFW Recognized for Public Outreach

SEFW is excited to announce that SEAW was recognized by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) in two categories of its 2020 Public Outreach Challenge, for exemplary structural engineering outreach work being done in Washington state. This is the third year of the NCSEA Public Outreach Challenge, and this year entries were accepted in four categories:  Public Outreach, Political Advocacy, Students & Educators, and Other Outreach Programs. SEAW was recognized in the Public Outreach category for the Fall Forum lecture series, and in the Political Advocay category for SEAW involvement in Washington state legislature. Read more about the competition (including the winners Press Release announcement) and see SEAW's winning Public Outreach and Political Advocacy entries. SEFW is pleased to fund outreach activities completed by SEAW and is committed to advancing the structural engineering profession around the state. Congratulations!

Contribute to the Special Wind Region Study

SEAW is excited to be teaming up with the SEA organizations in Oregon and California to carry out a groundbreaking wind study that will inform codes, design, and considerations for years to come. Individuals can make tax-deductible contributions to this wind study through SEFW. Please use the link here or visit our Donate page for more information on giving to SEFW.

10th Annual Fall Forum Showcased Bridges

SEFW's 10th Annual Fall Forum was a resounding success! Maureen Elenga, local historian, and John Stanton, UW professor, co-presented "Bridging Washington: The History, Structure, and Innovation of Washington Bridges" in a virtual event broadcast from Town Hall Seattle on November 12, 2020. It was an incredible night with discussion on the art, design, politics, history, and engineering marvels behind several Washington bridges. Thank you to Maureen, John, and the more than 400 people who signed on to view the lecture! Visit the SEFW 2020 Fall Forum page to learn more about the Forum.

SEFW Funds $15,000 in SEAW Scholarships

SEFW was pleased to fund $15,000 in scholarships for four applicants to the SEAW Scholarship Program in 2020. Congratulations to these four university students, who represent the best and the brightest of the future of the industry! Read more about them on the SEFW Scholarship page.

SEFW Sponsors K-12 Outreach Events

SEFW had the great opportunity in February to sponsor two state STEM outreach events - the ASCE Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition at the Museum of Flight, a Puget Sound-area educational event, and the Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, a Spokane-area educational event. SEFW was an award sponsor for both events. Both were great successes and taught hundreds of Washington state K-12 students about the principles of structural engineering.

Sculpture on a Grand Scale

Have you picked up a copy of Sculpture on a Grand Scale, the new "coffee table" style book that features the thin-shell modernism work of Washington structural engineer Jack Christiansen? SEFW was pleased to sponsor the research of Tyler Sprague, PhD., a UW adjunct professor who compiled the information and published the book in 2019. You can find it at Costco, on Amazon, or in book stores or libraries around the state. SEFW is committed to sharing and promoting the legacy of innovative local structural engineers like Jack Christiansen.


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