Public Outreach

Overview

SEAONC strives to enhance the life safety, environmental health, and economic well-being of the public served by structural engineers through direct involvement in the development of building codes, community education, and liaison and consultation with legislative and regulatory agencies that influence the design and construction industry.

Our volunteer efforts are directed in many arenas, including: helping disadvantaged homeowners to better their living environment, educating the students in our community schools, providing support to communities following major earthquakes and other disasters, and participation on legislative and building code committees to help ensure safe building structures. Below are just a few of the activities we sponsor, either with monetary donations, the volunteer efforts of our members, or both.

Rebuilding Together
Speaker's Forum
Great Shake-Out
Engineers' Alliance for the Arts

Rebuilding Together

SEAONC participates in Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest volunteer organization preserving & revitalizing low-income houses and communities. Each year SEAONC members donate the funds necessary and volunteer one weekend in April to rehabilitate a house in San Francisco.

For more information regarding this program, click here.

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Speaker's Forum

The Speakers Forum is an exciting program developed by SEAONC to provide an opportunity for practicing professionals to reach out to the younger generations. The program presents the field of Structural Engineering with an emphasis on the role of the Structural Engineer in society and the challenges it presents as a career option. The program is extremely flexible and can be as simple as a single class lecture or as complicated as a student/parent general assembly. Class projects are also a possibility, as are ongoing programs.

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Great Shake-Out

The Public Outreach Committee spearheads SEAONC’s participation in The Great California Shake Out event by reaching out to various local high schools every year.  Throughout October, members present at high schools in the East Bay and San Francisco promoting earthquake awareness and preparedness, and show how structural engineering plays a role in seismic safety. The committee is thrilled that the high school outreach effort for the Great Shake Out is able to impact more than 400 students yearly and we are always excited to reach out to more schools and communities.

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Engineers' Alliance for the Arts

The Engineers' Alliance for the Arts (EAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving students the experience of working with a professional engineer in the classroom. EAA’s Student Impact Project consists of volunteer engineers, the student participants, and the annual final event competition amongst all participating schools.

EAA's mission is to provide students with the experience of working with a design professional inside the classroom and create an opportunity for the students to learn a wide variety of skills, including problem solving, team building, developing presentations, and written and verbal skills. The Student Impact Project offers students insight into the structural engineering profession, while inspiring and energizing engineering professionals.

The goals of EAA are to target, inspire, and educate tomorrow’s leaders in structural engineering and related technical fields by modeling an exciting curriculum that impacts both academic and artistic areas of study. EAA hopes to make its Bay Area program a model that can be duplicated by other cities and school districts around the country.

For more information regarding this program, click here.

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