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May President's Message

April President's Message

So it’s time to tell your story! Or if you don’t want to tell your story and would rather tell another story, you can do that too, just be sure it’s about Structural Engineering in our Northern California member organization, SEAONC.

March President's Message


Well it’s March, the rain seems to have stopped (for at least a little while) and spring is just around the corner. It feels good to have some sunlight coming across my desk as I almost forgot what that looks like.

February President's Message

And what a ne afternoon it was! As I walked down to SPUR on Mission Street last Thursday to attend the SE3 Symposium, I knew I was in for something special and probably unprecedented as far as SEAONC events are concerned. This however was truly exceptional. Not only was the attendance full with over 120 registered attendees, I might also add, it was also quite lovely and full of such positive energy!

January President's Message

Happy New Year everyone!  Hopefully you all had a chance to enjoy some time off and enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones as we enter a year facing the many new changes that lie before us.  I know that I, for one, did and it was a great “staycation” as we spent several days walking local beaches, seeing new movies that have come out and we explored all the wonderful things you can do with a big box of chanterelle mushrooms a buddy and I found basically in my own back yard.  You can prepare them sautéed as appetizers on a tooth pick, top them over tomato cream pasta, sprinkle over s

December President's Message

Yikes!!  Its December already!  The Holidays are upon us.  But didn’t we just do this a couple of months ago or so??  It sure seems like that.  So any day now someone just about everywhere I go will be asking “so are you ready for the holidays?”  For the greater part of the month, (up until late in the day on the 24th) I will likely be answering “no.”  But the one thing I will be ready for is our annual SEAONC holiday dinner meeting at the Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus December 6th.  This is always one of my favorite dinner meetings each year.  First of all the club buil

November President's Message

Dearly beloved SEAONC members:

October President's Message

It was late in the afternoon on Thursday, September 8.  I was actually working out the fine details for our upcoming SEAONC Board meeting agenda when I got the call:  ‘Dick, it’s Heidi, EERI.  The exciting news is you have been selected to be a part of a reconnaissance team for the Amatrice Earthquake in Italy.  The tricky part is you leave in about 36 hours.’

September President's Message

So it’s September!  That’s my next to favorite month of the year.  The good news for me is I can finally just enjoy the crisper mornings and warm afternoons without having to drop kids off to school.  But, summer is basically over and it IS back to SEAONC time!!

August President's Message

I was recently at a social event and met up with a long standing friend and colleague structural engineer.  We both actually passed the SE exam together more years ago than either of us would probably like to remember or certainly discuss here.  Let’s just say in our early careers, we both worked together and separately on large commercial and institutional projects while employed by sizable structural design firms here in San Francisco.


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