Letter from the Chairperson
To my SEA-MW Colleagues and Friends,
This is an exciting time for structural engineering in the Washington DC area as many neighborhoods are being revitalized. The surge in Washington DC’s young professional population has provided a demand for redevelopment with new housing, retail, office space and most importantly structural engineering design. After what appeared to be a slow time in past years, it is nice to see many tower cranes in Washington DC’s skyline. And as such, SEA-MW continues to grow and prosper. Currently with a total of 65 member organizations, SEA-MW strives to maintain its core mission statement, “To provide a forum to improve the quality of structural engineering and related business practices, to promote engineering professionalism among its members, and to elevate the reputation and image of structural engineers." (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.