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December Dinner Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:00 PM
Where: UC Berkeley Faculty Club
Minor Ln
Berkeley, California  94720
United States
Contact: SEAONC

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The SEAONC leadership has made educating the public about earthquake risk and seismic performance a strategic priority. Join us for December’s Dinner Meeting to learn more about how the SEAONC Public Outreach Committee is creatively tackling this initiative through its new "The Deconstructed Podcast," and how we can all help to increase public awareness around our industry.  We will have multiple opportunities to win prizes with a Trivia Night game and race to review the podcast! We’ll also be sharing some behind the scenes clips and some preview clips of not yet released podcast episodes.

As a part of SEAONC’s Public Outreach Committee, a group of structural engineers are charting new territory: explaining structural engineering  to the public through a podcast. In a field where images are critical for understanding, we are challenged to use only audio to convey structural engineering project details, to explain structural engineering basics, and to learn about the engineers themselves.  We take on this challenge because the podcast is a perfect way to reach the public and podcasts are booming. Podcast listeners listen to an average of 7 shows per week, which is up 40% since 2017 and there are 550,000 active podcasts in over 100 languages with 18.5 million episodes available online (source)… shouldn’t structural engineering be represented?  We think so.

In each podcast episode, our hosts, Elide Pantoli and Andrew Martinez, answer a question from the public by interviewing structural engineering experts, highlighting the designers behind the structures (oftentimes these experts are SEAONC members).  We break down and explain topics like timber-frame houses and and their nonstructural components, earthquake early warning systems and how they work, the issues with building on reclaimed land, the retrofit projects at the Golden Gate Bridge, and many more.

Visit us and become an early subscriber on iTunes here.

We look forward to engaging discussion at the December Dinner Meeting!


Where: UC Berkeley Faculty Club
When: December 4, 2018

Time: Registration: 5:15 PM // Dinner: 6:00 PM // Program: 6:45 PM

Tim Hart

SEAONC President

Tim is a licensed civil and structural engineer in California and Oregon with over 29 years of experience, gained after earning a B.S. in architectural engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Tim is currently the lead civil/structural engineer at Berkeley Lab, a structural engineering consultant for Build Change, and the current SEAONC President. One of Tim’s goals as SEAONC President is to reach out to the community to educate everyone about earthquake risk and to enhance the public perception of the structural engineering profession. He has been an advocate for The Deconstructed Podcast since its inception.



Elide Pantoli

Co-Host & Founder of The Deconstructed Podcast

Elide received her B.S and M.S. degrees in civil engineering at the University of Bologna and her Ph.D. in structural engineering at UCSD. She currently works at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in Emeryville. During the years spent as a TA and instructor at UCSD she developed a passion for finding the best way to communicate technical concepts to non-experts. An avid learner, she loves listening to podcast and audiobooks. With The Deconstructed Podcast, she hopes to use her skills and interests to create a new channel of communication between the community of structural engineers and the public.



Andrew Martinez

Co-Host & Content Director of The Deconstructed Podcast


After earning his M.S. in structural engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Andrew made the move back to his home state of California. There he went to work for KPFF as a structural design engineer in 2016 and quickly became enamored with the investigation and rehabilitation of existing and historic buildings. While living in the Bay Area he quickly discovered the SEAONC Public Outreach Committee and got involved helping with the mission of raising the profile of structural engineers. It was through the POC that he met Elide and got involved in The Deconstructed Podcast. He has since moved to Los Angeles, but is still with the podcast as the sole member of the Southern California branch.




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