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The success of SEAOCC in its efforts to serve the public and profession stems chiefly from the volunteer efforts of members serving on the Association’s standing and ad hoc committees. The committees provide technical exchange, public service, leadership, and code development, and represent the true strength of our Association. In addition to supporting the Association, committee participation provides members with many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and all members are therefore encouraged to actively participate. The functions and activities of each committee are briefly described below. The number of participants in each committee varies depending on need, amount of interest, and various other factors; please get involved by contacting one of the SEAOCC committee chairs.

Typically SEAOCC committees are established to mirror statewide SEAOC committees, which oversee the regional committees. These statewide committees are staffed with key members of the regional committees, and are intended to handle broader issues on a statewide basis. Examples include the SEAOC Seismology Committee, which is responsible for the publication and revision of the "Blue Book", and the SEAOC Code Committee, which works with the International Code Council (ICC) on proposed revisions to the International Building Code (IBC). SEAOC also maintains liaisons with professional and industry sponsored code-writing bodies.

 

Audit/Budget/Finance - Tim Piland - timothy.piland@oshpd.ca.gov    

The SEAOCC Treasurer works closely with the Board of Directors and the Secretary to monitor and record the SEAOCC finances. The Treasurer tracks the income and expenses for the Member Organization and implements any budget changes voted on by the board.  The treasurer attends the monthly Board Meetings to provide the Board of Directors a Treasurer’s report which contains the state of the finances and voices any budget concerns.

 
Business Forum - Matt Melcher, SE - matt.melcher@lionakis.com    

The Business Forum was formed as a venue for the principals and key employees of member firms to share ideas and interact on professional and business issues common to the practice of structural engineering.  Different from other SEAOCC Committees, the Business Forum is financially self-sustaining through dues paid by member firms.  All interested SEAOCC member firms are encouraged to send a representative to the Forum’s monthly meeting where discussion topics often include business, management, financial, and legal issues.

 
Bylaws & Policies - Darron Huntingdale - Darron.Huntingdale@lionakis.com    

The Bylaws & Policies Committee reviews and recommends updates to the Association Bylaws and Policies.  In addition, the committee receives and studies proposed amendments to the Bylaws from the Board of Directors and recommends action.

 
Communications - James Langelier, P.E. - james.langelier@lionakis.com    
Kendall Johnson Kendall.Johnson@lionakis.com

The Communications Committee works closely with the SEAOC Communications Committee to help bring awareness and understanding of the structural engineering profession to the general public through various forms of media.

 
Continued Education - Sonia Eliseo - seliseo@miyamotointernational.com    

The Continuing Education Committee bridges the gap between the state of the art and the state of the practice in structural engineering.  Its primary function is to present, through educational offerings, new ideas and information to SEAOCC members.  Committee members are responsible for choosing seminar topics, planning, preparing, and budgeting for the seminar.  The Continuing Education Committee is responsible for maintaining a liaison with other professional organizations and informing the Association of seminars that may be of interest. It also submits recommendations to the Board of Directors for long term plans to serve the continuing education needs of the membership.

 
Disaster Emergency Services - Steve Hiner, SE - shiner@ci.redding.ca.us    

The Disaster Emergency Services (DES) Committee was developed to assist local communities in coping with disasters.  One of its chief activities is the SEAOCC volunteer program, which is coordinated with the State Office of Emergency Services (OES) and SEAOC.  This program includes damage simulation workshops and assistance to OES and local building officials after local and distant damaging earthquakes.  In addition, DES is in charge of updating the computer database and phone tree used to contact volunteer inspectors in the event of an emergency.  It matches the experience and expertise of the volunteers with the type and extent of damage to be assessed.

 
Excellence In Structural Engineering Awards - Ben Faircloth - benf@cyseng.com    
 
Existing Buildings - Eric Fuller, SE - efuller@bbse.com    

The Existing Buildings Committee works in conjunction with the SEAOC Existing Buildings Committee to review, update, and develop information directly related to existing buildings, their behavior, and methods used in the analysis and evaluation of such buildings.  The committee is charged with the review, development, and maintenance of the "Green Book" which is SEAOC's resource document for the evaluation of existing structures.  In addition, the committee examines the use, purpose, and direction of such documents as ASCE 31/41, Chapter 34 of the CBC, IEBC, and other documents directly related to the evaluation and condition of existing buildings.

 
Golf Tournament - Jeff Marchant, S.E. - jmarchant@clarkpac.com    

Since 1986, SEAOCC has hosted an annual Golf Tournament which helps to provide funding for SEAOCC Student Scholarships.  The Tournament is normally held the first Thursday in June, and is an event which members look forward to attending each year.  The Golf Tournament committee is responsible for planning the event, which includes acquiring sponsors, coordinating the teams, as well as planning the awards dinner at the conclusion of the event. 

 
House - Dave Hunn, PE - dhunn@wallace-kuhl.com    

The House Committee is responsible for making the logistical arrangements and staffing the monthly SEAOCC membership meetings.  

 
Legislative - Ryan Kersting, S.E. - rkersting@bbse.com    

The Legislative Committee monitors proposals that affect the profession on a variety of topics, including registration, professional practice and liability, and engineering and construction standards.  Working with the SEAOC Executive Director, Committee members provide summary reports on pending bills and guidance to Association representatives regarding SEAOCC's position.

 
Membership - Vacant - WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!! - seaocc@seaocc.org    

The Membership Committee works to recruit new members, understand members' needs and communicate them with the board of directors, and maintain the Association’s membership database and roster.

 
Newsletter - Rachel Leung - rachell@cyseng.com    

The Newsletter Editor obtains articles of interest to the membership and oversees the production of SEAOCC’s newsletter.  The newsletter, Dimensions, is distributed to the membership monthly September through June, and is available online on the Newsletters page of this website.  


 
Professional Activities - Vacant (We need your help! Please contact the SEAOCC office!) - seaocc@seaocc.org    

The Professional Activities Committee acts as an advisory group and provides a forum for discussion of professional and business problems common to the practice of structural engineering.  Over the years the Committee has addressed such diverse topics as scope of engineering services, contract matters, construction submittals, peer review and professional liability insurance.  Working with the SEAOC Professional Practices Committee, this committee has written a comprehensive guideline of professional practice.

 
Program - John Weninger, SE - jweninger@interwestgrp.com    

The Program Committee organizes the monthly programs for the general membership meetings.  The Committee is responsible for scheduling guest speakers, running the monthly programs, providing announcements and summaries for the Newsletter, and maintaining a list of past and potential subjects of interest to the general membership.

 
Public Relations - Joyce Copelan, PE - joyce_copelan@dot.ca.gov    
Samantha Kersting, SE - Samantha.Kersting@dgs.ca.gov

The Public Relations Committee actively addresses issues affecting the general membership of the Association, and the relationship between the membership and the public.  Activities include developing and distributing information about structural engineering, updating SEAOCC publications, and assisting the Board in the Association's contact with the press and the public.  The Committee also establishes relationships with press agencies and coordinates participation in activities to promote structural engineering to school children and the general public.


 
Scholarship - Jim Carlson, SE - jim.carlson@stantec.com    

The Scholarship Committee develops and maintains the Association’s scholarship program and provides announcements to local universities.  The Committee also receives applications and determines the scholarship recipients.  The Chair is responsible for notifying the winning students and presenting the awards at the Student Night meeting each November.

 
SE Exam Interview - Ed Nicholson, SE - ejnse@aol.com    

An applicant for the California Structural Engineering Exam may request to be interviewed by the SE Exam Interview Committee if he or she feels they have the experience and knowledge necessary to use the title “Structural Engineer”, but does not have the resources to obtain the minimum number of personal references required to qualify to take the exam.  The SEAOCC SE Exam Interview Committee will review the applicant’s experience package, schedule and conduct an interview, and submit the required forms to the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BOPELSG). 

 
SEAOC 2019 Convention - Alban Gjongecaj - alban@burneengineering.com    

Each year the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) holds a technical convention that provides an opportunity for interaction among all members of the Association.  The Convention includes an agenda that provides technical, social, and sporting activities.  Technical Proceedings are subsequently distributed to all SEAOC members upon request.  The Convention rotates annually among the SEAOC Member Organizations (SEAOCC, SEAONC, SEAOSC, and SEAOSD).  The Convention Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and hosting the activities of the statewide convention every fourth year.  

 
Seismology & Load Criteria - David Palmer - David.A.Palmer@mwhglobal.com    

The Seismology Committee develops, updates, and maintains the Association's publication “Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary" (SEAOC Blue Book) and reviews the SEAOC Seismic Design Manuals.   The Committee also provides seismic code change proposals to the International Building Code through the state committees.

 
Social Media - Kaylee Efstathiu - Kaylee.Efstathiu@lionakis.com     
 
Structural Standards - Chris Tokas, SE - Chris.Tokas@oshpd.ca.gov    
The Structural Standards Committee includes subcommittees for Concrete, Masonry, Steel, and Wood.
 
Student Relations - Amy Hopkins, P.E. - ahopkins@bbse.com    

The Student Relations Committee develops and coordinates SEAOCC’s Student Design Competition.  It is also responsible for judging the competition, organizing student night for the November dinner meeting, and presenting competition awards.

 
Sustainable Design - Lisa Podesto, PE - lisa@woodworks.org    
Ryan Miller, SE - rmiller@bbse.com

The Sustainable Design Committee seeks to establish and advocate for the role of the structural engineer in the developing field of sustainable design. It also seeks to provide guidelines for the challenges of sustainability in the structural engineering design practice, and to review current projects and trends in sustainability. The overall aim is to make sustainability an integral part of the structural engineer’s thinking and provide resources needed in the decision making process. The Committee welcomes engineers of all experience levels to help promote sustainable design.

 
Website Committee - Gaurav Bali, P.E. - gbali@bbse.com    

The Website Committee was formed to develop and maintain SEAOCC’s website, through which the Association can provide timely and pertinent information to its members and the public.  Working closely with the Executive Secretary, members of the Website Committee review and implement proposed changes to website content, develop standards for website maintenance, and research new technologies useful to the Association.  Frequently updated content includes the Association’s event calendar, Dimensions newsletter, Media Relations Committee articles, and contact information for Board and Committee members.  As digital technology evolves and the membership’s relationship to the internet changes, the Committee’s activities will evolve as well.

 
Younger Member Forum - Matt Quan, PE - Matt.Quan@Lionakis.com    
Caleb Dunne cdunne@miyamotointernational.com

The Younger Member Forum provides an avenue for younger members to become more actively involved with SEAOCC through a number of programs and activities.  Younger Member Forum activities include an orientation meeting for new members each Fall, social events, university student outreach, community service projects, educational opportunities, and construction site, manufacturing plant, and testing lab visits for interested members.  The Younger Member Forum also advises other Association committees regarding matters of interest to younger members.