The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington (SEFW) advances the profession of structural engineering through support of community outreach, education, and research.
OUTREACH: SEFW's annual Fall Forum brings distinguished speakers to address interdisciplinary audiences on current topics. SEFW programs, including the Spring Celebration, elevate the public profile of distinguished structural engineers whose work shapes the profession as well as structures throughout Washington and the world. In 2011 SEFW supported the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) in the initiation of the Structural Engineers Hall of Fame; and in 2012 produced a documentary of Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair which premiered among celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Fair.
EDUCATION: SEFW invests in K-12 & STEM programs in Washington schools, and also supports professional studies via the SEAW scholarship program which has granted more than 50 scholarships since 1985.
RESEARCH: SEFW supports research efforts related to structures and engineering processes.
SUPPORT: SEFW, a 501(c)(3) organization, relies upon the financial commitment of key benefactors, originating with its Founding Donors. The Board of Directors acknowledges with gratitude the sponsors and donors whose generosity underwrites SEFW programs and operations.
NEWS February 2015:
SEFW Supports Bridge-Building Competition in Spokane High Schools
Beginning in January 2015, 350 students at Mead High School and Mt. Spokane High School design popsicle-stick bridges in a competition funded by SEFW. The top 25 students selected from both schools competed at the District Bridge-Building Competition February 7 at Mt. Spokane High School. The winning bridge held more than 400 pounds.
SEFW also funds a balsa-wood bridge competition and a robotics team studying structural lifting elements at Mountlake Terrace STEM Magnet High School in the Edmonds School District. In addition, Gino Mazzotti and Brent Olson of YMF have undertaken a workshop with Mountlake Terrace students to design and build balsa wood bridges, also funded by SEFW. On March 11, SEFW Board members Tom Corcoran and Mark D'Amato will meet with the students to review their work.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE / APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2015
SEFW-financed scholarships supporting structural engineering studies, administered by SEAW, invite applications from Washington State residents currently enrolled and majoring in structural engineering as senior undergraduate or graduate students, and with a commitment to making a professional career in structural engineering practice. Details/application HERE.
At the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington 4th annual Fall Forum September 18, 2014, SEFW Vice Chair Mark D'Amato presented a $5,000 check to Washington STEM, represented by Gillia Bakie. The investment establishes a partnership to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math courses and careers via Washington State Schools. Made possible by generous donors to SEFW, the grant will support field trips to Seattle structural engineering sites and integration of structural engineering subject matter into K-12 classrooms. Further work with STEM and its seven networks around Washington State will advance SEFW outreach to help raise awareness of structural engineering.
At its November 2014 meeting, the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington Board of Directors acted to approve grants to Mead School District in Spokane to support its Popsicle Bridge Contest, and to Mountlake Terrace High School for a program in Statics and Bridge Building and a second program in Robotics.
DOCUMENTARY FILM AVAILABLE FOR SHOWINGS:
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF THE 1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR
Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington assembled engineers Richard Chauner, John V. Christiansen, Gary Curtis, Victor O. Gray, Norman Jacobson, Thomas Kane, Robert Mast, Fred Pneuman, and Einar Svensson to record recollections of their engagement in and observations of creation of the iconic structures that helped define Seattle as a city of innovation.
The film highlights a significant time in the history of structural design and the city of the Seattle, and also elevates the little-known work of structural engineers. Interviews capture the personal stories of structural engineers: what motivates them and how they view their choice of a career path -- aiming to inspire future generations of engineers.
Scheduling Documentary Showings: Teachers, school administrators, and community groups may contact the Foundation administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange screenings of the 45-minute documentary, suitable for high school and undergraduate audiences as well as historical groups. On request and when feasible, SEFW will provide a structural engineer to attend the showing and respond to viewer questions.
Schools and public institutions may request copies of the documentary on DVD for $25 to cover shipping and handling. Donors of $100 or more to the Foundation receive a DVD.
Click here for details or to make a donation online.
SEFW thanks PLATINUM SPONSOR HOWARD S. WRIGHT for supporting this program.