SEAW Awards Four Scholarships

The SEAW Scholarship Committee recognized four recipients at a Seattle SEAW event in June, awarding a total of $15,000 in 2022. Congratulations to Levi Arnold, Andrew Hodge, Katrina Springer, and Benjamin Terry (pictured). The SEAW program has awarded more than $220,000 since 1985, and SEFW has been funding the awards with donated charitable contributions since 2012.

World's Fair Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

SEFW is thrilled to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair this year, as well as the 10th anniversary of the documentary, "Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair," which can be viewed on Vimeo.


SEFW has been posting in the "Seattle World's Fair 1962 Memories" group on Facebook and sending out emails with stories about the iconic Seattle Center structures. So far in 2022, the SEFW documentary has more than 175 views on Vimeo, reaching throughout the United States and into four additional countries.


It is a great honor to share the story of the incredible structural engineering innovation of the World's Fair! Check out the video if you have not yet done so.

SEFW Board Member featured in Seattle Times

SEFW was thrilled to see Board Member and local historian/biographer Marga Rose Hancock featured alongside the Queen Anne Historical Society in the Seattle Times in February 2022. Check out the article about Willcox Walls in Queen Anne. Thank you Marga for all the hard work you do for SEFW!

Board changes: new members, leadership

At its Annual Meeting in January, the SEFW Board renewed Board terms and voted in officers for 2022. Craig Roberts of CT Engineering will continue as Chair, with Cale Ash of Degenkolb continuing as Vice Chair and Melissa Verwest of Knife River assuming the position of Vice Chair. New Board members elected in are Herb Ahten of Verco Decking (L) and Trevor Lunde of GLY (R).


Transitioning off the Board are Craig Stauffer of PCS Structural Solutions, Connie Holloway of ZGF Architects, and Tom Corcoran. Thank you for your service to SEFW!

Remembering Richal Smith

SEFW was saddened to hear of the passing of Richal Smith, a skilled Washington structural engineer and former member of the SEFW Board of Directors. He was recognized at the Fall Forum, which was rather moving as Richal was one of the original engineers on the 1962 Seattle Coliseum (now the Climate Pledge Arena.)

SEFW is honored to be received a legacy gift from the estate of Richal Smith, which will go toward scholarships. He will be missed.

11th Annual Fall Forum a success!

SEFW's 11th Annual Fall Forum, "Washington Sports Venues Then and Now: Evolutions in Design" on November 17, 2021 was a great success! Presented both in-person at Town Hall Seattle and broadcast virtually, the Forum reached 350 participants around the world. Read more about the event on the SEFW Fall Forum 2021 page.

SEAW Scholarship Recipients Announced

In June at its Seattle Chapter meeting, SEAW announced the two recipients of its 2021 SEAW Scholarship award. Congratulations to Miguel Gonzalez and Hank Knight, both University of Washington structural engineering students who received $5,000 each. SEFW has been funding the SEAW Scholarship Program since 2012. Read more about the students on the SEFW Scholarship page. Congrats to Miguel and Hank!

High School Student Receives SEFW Award

After receiving a donation from SEFW, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington presented a $5,000 Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington scholarship to a graduate of Newport High School. Jamie Zimmerman, of Bellevue, plans to study architectural engineering at Cal Poly next year. Congrats, Jamie!

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!


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