Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2015

Structural Engineering Institute

The Structural Engineering Institute has a new Chairman! Welcome Chad Harden, PE, SE!

By Chad Harden, PE, SE

During February we celebrated “e-week,” a nationwide celebration of engineering. Engineers across the nation were reaching out to students to give a first glimpse of the potential of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)… maybe even combining art into the mix (see STEAM movement for engineering innovation,,  With so many new wonderful beginnings to this year, this is also a good opportunity to humbly introduce myself as the new SEI chair.

The Orange County ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) was created just last year to provide a resource and social environment for civil/structural engineers in Orange County of all disciplines (bridges, buildings and other civil structures). As with any new organization, committee or fraternity of sorts, it is helpful to remember a few thoughts on beginnings:

 “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” - Henry Ford.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

So the question is, what do civil/structural engineers in Orange County want to accomplish as a team with SEI? What benefits do we want to realize for ourselves and our society?  Let’s figure this out together, decide on a course of action, and act on our plan!  With this major goal in mind, the focus this year is to (1) build a cabinet of officers and get in contact with other interested members, and (2) plan a social event! Interested in SEI? Please contact me with your ideas for the group and also stay tuned for more information at: 

I am excited to see plans already for this year, including cross-collaboration of SEI with various other disciplines and interests in our ASCE OC Branch, with more to come! Please look forward to these future collaborations:

March 19 – San Francisco Bay Bridge.  This is an event you cannot miss! Dr. Brian Maroney, PE and Ms. Karen Wang, PE of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span Project will speak on lessons learned on this complex mega project can be applied to future transportation projects.

May – Geotechnical & Structural Engineer Open-Questions Panel (Bring questions!)

September 16 – SEI Social Event – Whiskey Tasting! (All are welcome)

Thank you!

Chad W. Harden, PE, SE
Chair, ASCE SEI – Orange County Branch
RBF Consulting, a Company of Michael Baker International
[email protected] | (949) 855-7058