Check out the 2018 SEAONC Annual Business Meeting Pictures Here!

Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Committee: Project Launch

In 2014, SEAONC received a generous donation from the family of Walter Hensolt. Walter was a dedicated structural engineer for fifty years, where he was a principal at his firm, Chin & Hensolt Engineers. He left his professional legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area with signature projects such as the Transamerica Pyramid, Candlestick Park, the St. Francis Hotel Tower, One Market Plaza and Marine World-Africa USA.

In honor of Walter’s donation, the SEAONC Board of Directors approved an initiative in 2015 to create the Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Project. The purpose of the Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Project is to establish a continually expanding interactive online database of the history of structural engineering in Northern California, featuring stories and backgrounds on the engineers, structures, organizations and events that have shaped the structural engineering profession in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our committee is proud to announce that after three years of research, design and hard work by SEAONC committee volunteers, the project has been launched and may be viewed at

With the launch of the project, SEAONC now has the ability to document any engineer, structure, organization or event that has had an impact on structural engineering history in Northern California. And while the first entries for the project cover a broad range of our profession over time, the committee understands that it has barely scratched the surface in documenting the history of structural engineering in Northern California. This is where the committee needs your assistance.  We ask that after exploring the website, you click on the contribute link and provide the committee with areas you would like us to focus our efforts on next.

Of course, our committee is always looking for more ideas, energy and participation from the SEAONC membership. This committee provides the unique perspective on the history of structural engineering in Northern California and it is an opportunity to learn and understand how our profession has evolved. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in this ongoing endeavor, please contact the SEAONC office at 415-974-5147 or




The SE3 Survey is LIVE NOW!

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is currently administering a nationwide survey of structural engineering professionals. This survey is designed to provide valuable information about our profession regarding demographics, compensation, satisfaction, and engagement. It will be one of the largest comprehensive nationwide surveys of structural engineering professionals to date, and we invite you to contribute to this project by completing the survey.

Stephen Mahin


We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Stephen A. Mahin on February 10, 2018.  Dr. Mahin served as a SEAONC Board Director from 2009-2011, became an Honorary Member in 2011, and was awarded SEAONC’s Helmut Krawinkler Award in 2017 for his outstanding leadership in implementing state-of-the-art research into structural engineering practice.  Steve was an active member of SEAONC since 1983, and touched many of our lives as a professor, colleague, and mentor.  He will be deeply missed.

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The Deconstructed Podcast

SEAONC’s Public Outreach Committee has been busy the past few months developing a podcast about structural and earthquake engineering.  Our goal is to help people be more informed about the built world they live in and the professionals who helped to build it.  Our target audience is non-engineers with a interest in science and engineering, so we focus on explaining our field in an easy-to-understand and approachable way.

You can find the first episode on wood framed buildings with expert Kelly Cobeen.

Click here to listen to Episode 1.

We are only just beginning, so this is the most important time for you to send us constructive feedback to help us improve; feedback can be provided using this form.



Spread the Word: SE3 Project Releases New Promotional Video!

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project was established in 2015 with the mission to study and work to improve engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession. The SE3 Project is a committee within the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) whose mission is to study engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession in order to provide meaningful input on improving both of these metrics within the industry. The SE3 Project aims to advance the profession by engaging all structural engineers regardless of gender, age, experience, job title, firm size, or location. We are currently expanding to the national level, and have affiliated groups in several major metropolitan areas. Check out this video to learn more about us!










Upcoming Events



2017 - 2018 SEAONC Board of Directors

Taryn Williams - President
Tim Hart - Vice President
Dick Dreyer - Past President
Marko Schotanus - Director
Emily Guglielmo - Secretary
Ayse Hortacsu - Director
Kevin Moore - Treasurer
David Ojala - Director
John Silva- Director

A special thank you to Gregory P. Luth & Associates, Inc. for becoming our first Firm Sponsor.

If you or your firm is interested in sponsoring, please contact the SEAONC office at to receive more information and benefits.


2017 SE3 Committee

The SEAONC SE3 Committee is thrilled to present its first documentary-style video! The short film gives an overview of the structural engineering profession, provides information about the committee’s mission, and highlights some of the findings from the 2016 SE3 nationwide survey.

Please share this video among your friends and colleagues.

If you are interested in learning more about SE3, visit our website at or contact To subscribe to our mailing list, use this link.


Renew Your Dues!

Log into your account in the upper righthand corner of the website. Once logged in, click on the Membership tab, then Dues Renewal. If you experience any complications, please contact the SEAONC office at 415-974-5147.

2017 SEAONC Scholarship Winners

Each year, SEAONC provides support to outstanding and high-achieving university students pursuing a career in structural engineering. In 2017, the SEAONC Board of Directors decided to award three $5,000 scholarships for use toward tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. SEAONC is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 SEAONC Scholarship Program are:

Kate Cuddington, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Hayley Proctor, University of California, Berkeley

Judy Guo, University of California, Berkeley

SEAONC would to congratulate each of the winners and would like to thank all the applicants as well as the Northern California universities for participating in this year’s program!


SEAOC Press Release on American Canyon Earthquake

As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the US. To read more click here.

SEAONC Structural Engineers Referral List

This helpful new resource allows the public to easily search for Structural and Civil Engineers that specialize in specific areasof structural engineering. Results can be narrowed not only by specialities but also by location. To search for engineers using this tool click here.

Those structural/civil engineers desiring to be listed here should click here. SEAONC member login is required.

First Time Login Instructions for SEAONC Members

The Structural Engineers of Northern California are proud to announce the launch of the organization's new website. For the past two years, the website committee has been working with Aeronet Communications in developing and implementing a strategy to upgrade our existing website.  In order to log into the new SEAONC website for the first time, you must first reset your password. It's quick and straightforward.  Learn how to do this now so you can access website content exclusive to members only.

Join a Committee!

One of the most important aspect of SEAONC membership is participation in committees and now it's never been easier to join a committee.  Click here to find out more...



New Publication from Professional Practices Committee

The Professional Practices Committee has just released a new publication entitled "Practice Considerations for the San Francisco Wood-Frame "Soft-Story" Seismic Retrofit Ordinance" For more information click here.

SEAOC 2016 Membership Directory

A 2016 directory of members of the Structural Engineers Association of California regional associations (SEAONC, SEAOCC, SEAOSC, and SEAOSD) is available here


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