Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Orange County Chapter allows our members to interact with other professionals in the structural field of civil engineering.  We regularly send active Orange County branch members to SEI Congresses held on a annual bases across the country.  We hope the Orange County Branch members will learn new ideas and find interesting speaker topics that we can bring back to our local branch members.  Periodically SEI OC holds joint events with the Orange County Branch during branch general meetings.  The Orange County Branch and the SEI OC work together to provide continuing educations events that are relevant SEI members. We hope you will come out and participate in our institute and work with us to build a strong organization.

The 2017-2018 SEI-OC Board of Directors

Co-Chair – Lynn Odgiiv, PE
Co-Chair – Bita Shahla, PE
Vice Chair – VACANT
Past Chair – Chad Harden, PE, SE
Treasurer – VACANT
Secretary – Ryan Rigsbee, PE
Membership – Isamar Escobar
SEAOSC Liaison – Aileen Santos-Redman

Below in the Related News section are some articles from past events.  For more information contact [email protected].

Contacts

Lynn Odgiiv, PE
SEI Co-Chair
AZTEC Engineering
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Bita Shahla, PE
SEI Co-Chair
WSP USA
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Ryan Rigsbee, PE
SEI Treasurer
Rigsbee Engineering
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Notification for 2017

The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization to nominate projects and individuals that you believe should be recognized for their professional engineering achievements.

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Construction Update of the Gerald Desmond Bridge

By Lynn Odgiiv, P.E. The ASCE Orange County Branch, in cooperation with the Orange County Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Chapter, and the Orange County Construction Institute (CI), held a luncheon on March 15, 2018 featuring speaker Zeph Varley who presented on the construction of the Port of Long Beach Gerald Desmond Bridge project.

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Soft Doesn't Mean Easy

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Engineering involves math and science, right? Long enough ago that I don’t want to say how long ago it was, I was a high school student who enjoyed my physics and math classes more than the history and literature readings. I loved tinkering with mechanical toys and seeing how they worked, checking out bridges and buildings to see what kept them from falling down. I loved my drafting class, where I was able to create plans for a house I may want someday.

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Do You Believe in Luck?

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I had the opportunity to participate as part of industry panels for two of our Branch’s student chapters over the past couple of weeks, where we discussed how students can best position themselves for internships and career opportunities.  We discussed job search resources, developing a personal brand, networking, resume hints, and interviewing skills.  I was very impressed with the honesty students showed when sharing concerns and fears, and their motivation to invest the time and effort to best position themselves for their career.   The conversations between the attendees and panel members were inspiring, and led me to think back to my job search experiences.  I recall one of the interviews involved writing a short one-page response to a comment/question of my choosing from a list of options.  One of the questions jumped out to me right away: “Do you believe in Luck?”

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Professional Development is NOT Optional

By Jeff Braun, P.E. As Civil Engineers, we are members of a profession, not a “job” or a “trade”.  As such, we are held to a higher standard by society and our peers.  As with other professions, such as doctors, teachers, and architects, engineers are expected to maintain their level of expertise and keep up with the latest state of the practice through continued learning and professional development. It is too easy to get lost in the weeds of the daily grind, focusing on publishing the next deliverable. Before you know it, you’re ten years down the road and you aren’t aware of the latest research, software, or modeling methods; putting you at a significant disadvantage to others in the industry.

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Local Leaders Conference Held in Chicago

By Aileen Santos-Redman, P.E. The 2017 ASCE SEI Local Leaders Conference took place in Chicago, IL on October 20 & 21. The event kicked off with a welcome from SEI Local Activities Division Chair Brian Hengle.  After lunch, our conference continued with a tour of Chicago architecture by riverboat, and a walking tour of the Riverwalk Expansion Project. The various structures observed from the vantagepoint of the river made for an unforgettable experience that was enjoyed by all, helped by the unseasonably warm weather that Chicago was experiencing that weekend.

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