Letter from the Chairperson
Almost 30 years ago, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW) was formed with a specific mission, “To provide a forum to improve the quality of structural engineering and related business practices, to promote engineering professional-ism among its members, and to elevate the reputation and image of structural engineers.” In support of our mission, it is our goal to promote and elevate the practice of structural en-gineering in the DC Metro Area through three main areas of focus: development of commu-nity, promoting education, and service. (continue reading)
What is a Structural Engineer?
Most people don't know.
Structural engineering is a specialty field within Civil Engineering. Civil engineers design public projects such as highways, train yards, wharves and ports, water treatment facilities, and aqueducts, all of which comprise what is referred to as the infrastructure.
Structural Engineers are responsible for the design of structures that the citizens use on a daily basis. These structures include our office buildings, schools, government facilities, shopping malls, airport terminals and buildings, and bridges. Structural Engineers focus on the design of the elements of each structure, namely the beams, columns, walls, floors, roofs, and foundations, and the connections that hold all these elements together.