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March President's Message: How SEAONC Pre-Empted the Internet

The news has been awash with stories about the rise of the ‘gig economy,’ i.e., how more people are doing more work as freelancers rather than employees.  In a freelance economy, membership in a professional organization such as SEAONC is an indispensable key to success.  (I’m only a little biased!)

But first, updates:

February President's message: The Greater Good vs. What's In It For Me

The central challenge of a professional association is to balance its activities that provide direct value to members, with those benefiting the profession at-large.

January President's message-Thought Experiment: Private Practice without Privacy

How would your practice of structural engineering be different if each of your decisions could be searched and scrutinized by any member of the public?  Regardless of whether this will be true someday, thinking it through as an experiment could guide your decisions.  But first, a few updates:

December President's message: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

It’s that time of year when many of us pause to give thanks and give back.

We at SEAONC are especially thankful for our members, the strength of the organization.  SEAONC members’ commitment to creating a safer world is fueling a larger resilience movement.

November President's message: The Accelerator of the Profession

In Silicon Valley parlance, Accelerators are organizations that provide startups with the advice, contacts, and sometimes funding to launch successfully.  The Accelerator’s job is to identify and encourage new ideas, bring together the right people, and pepper in some institutional support. 

Kind of sounds like SEAONC and its committees, don’t you think?  Not surprising!  I’ll tell you why after three brief announcements:

October President's Message: Energy, Ideas, Collaboration, and...Artistry!

A high point for me this past month was attending the SEAOC Convention in Seattle.  The energy, ideas, and collaboration all reminded me why I love our profession, and I was thrilled to see a large turnout from SEAONC!

September President's Message: Committee work is the secret to success and happiness (sort of)

SEAONC brings value to our profession.  Of course, SEAONC offers many specific benefits, but I believe that single most important purpose of SEAONC is to increase structural engineers’ collective value to society, as well as our individual value as professionals.

August President's Message: How can we learn from mistakes?

First, if you haven’t done so already, register for this year’s SEAOC Convention Sept 9-12 in Seattle!  Discount pricing will end Aug 15.  With four tracks of technical sessions and a full social calendar, the Convention is an experience you can’t get online – it expands your knowledge, friendships, and opportunities.  See you there!

July President's Message: Warmest welcome to our new Board members!

It’s the beginning of the SEAONC year and with that, a change in leadership.  First and foremost, on behalf of the Board and Membership, I express deepest gratitude to outgoing President Darrick Hom, for leading SEAONC with grace and care, and to outgoing Past President Colin Blaney, Treasurer Lisa Cassedy, and Directors Wayne Low and Wendy Allen for their contributions and commitment.

Second, a warmest welcome to our new Board members, Vice President Dick Dreyer, and Directors Karl Telleen, Marguerite Bello, and Laura Whitehurst.  We look forward to your energy and ideas.  


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