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  • 18 Aug 2020 9:40 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    The July-September issue of the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona Newsletter is now available to view! July 2020 Newsletter.pdf

    The Newsletter Committee would also greatly appreciate if you took a couple minutes to provide your feedback regarding the newsletter by taking this short survey:

    Thank you for your assistance,

    SEAoA Newsletter Committee

  • 12 Aug 2020 3:48 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    Typically, the Newsletter Committee takes a newsletter survey at the state convention. The purpose of this survey is to collect opinions from our membership as to how it is being received.  The Please take a couple minutes to complete this survey here: All info sent will remain anonymous.

    Also, anyone who could volunteer a little time every quarter to help publish the newsletter is most welcome.  One easy way to help would be to “proof” the newsletter before it’s published. Please contact Sal Caccavale at:

    Sal Caccavale, PE, SE

    SEAoA Newsletter Committee

  • 03 Jun 2020 12:49 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    It is my pleasure to inform the SEAoA membership of this year’s SEAoA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards recipients.  Details regarding the award level, commemorative plaques, and other information are in the attached Announcement.

    2020 SEAoA Excellence in Engineering Awards

    SEAOA thanks the firms that submitted entries this year.  As noted by one of the judges there were a number of “really solid” entries this year.  This is evidenced by the fact that nine entries were submitted and all nine received an award.  Please be advised that although there were six Excellence awards, none received an excellence recommendation from all the judges which is the criteria for SEAoA to pay the entry fee for the upcoming NCSEA 2020 Awards program.

    Please contact me if you have any questions. 

    with high regards / sal 

    Sal Caccavale; SEAoA Awards Program Chair

    For a complete list of all SEAoA Excellence in Engineering Awards winners, see the Awards Committee page:

  • 02 May 2020 11:01 AM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    As a follow up to the previous post regarding the cancellation of the 2020 SEAoA Convention due to COVID-19, the SEAoA Board has rescheduled the convention to the summer of 2021.  The official dates for the 2021 SEAoA Convention are May 13th-May 15th.  The Convention will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona.  

    As the speaker schedule is finalized for 2021, details and registration will be announced in the coming weeks.  We look forward to a great Convention and Conference next summer and we wish healthy and safety to all our membership and sponsors.

    SEAoA Board

  • 06 Apr 2020 9:05 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    Over the course of the past few weeks, the SEAoA Convention Planning Committee has been monitoring the status of the COVID-19 virus and determining our plan of action in terms of the 2020 SEAoA Convention planned for May.  Due to recent guidelines and orders from the government, the SEAoA Board has decided to postpone the Convention until next year, June 2021.  We will be in touch with those members, speakers and vendors that have already registered to discuss options.

    We appreciate your continued support and involvement in SEAoA and we look forward to future networking opportunities in the coming months.  We hope for healthy and safety for all our membership.


    SEAoA State Board

  • 03 Mar 2020 9:52 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)


    By: Sarah Kay Twine

    The Structural Engineers Association of Arizona (SEAoA) hosted their 2nd Annual Egg-Drop Competition and Fundraiser on Friday, January 31st, 2020 at the University of Arizona. The competition is dual-purposed: (1) to raise money for SEAoA's Annual Student Scholarship given to deserving University of Arizona students interested in structural engineering, and (2) to provide a networking opportunity for professionals and students in the fields of engineering, architecture, and construction. The evening was a fun-filled 'egg'-citing way for teams to take on the great challenge of creating an apparatus to protect a raw chicken egg from cracking when dropped from the second landing (over 35 feet high) of the Civil Engineering courtyard staircase. 

    Each team, consisting of two professionals and one or two students, was given a bag of the same random materials and had only twenty minutes to hatch an idea and create a device to protect their egg. The competition is intended to parallel that of the structural engineering world, to protect the public (the egg) and to provide an economical (light weight) design.

    Some teams designed a parachute to slow the fall while others chose materials to absorb the impact. A few decided to combine both concepts. As the deadline approached, some teams were scrambling to finish while others patiently waited to show off their design. All teams had great 'egg'-spectations for their personal creations. 

    After the twenty minutes were up, each device was weighed before it was dropped. The winner would be the lightest device to sustain the drop resulting in an unbroken egg. Audible "oooohhhs" and "aaahhhhhs" followed with applause filled the courtyard after each successive team had "l'eggo their eggo" from the stair landing. A SEAoA judge meticulously determined whether each egg was un-cracked, cracked (no leaking), or completely obliterated. After 13 dropped eggs, 6 eggs were un-cracked, 4 were cracked, and 3 had been annihilated. Team 5 crushed the competition with an apparatus weighing 79 grams (31 grams less than the previous year’s winner). The winners included two University of Arizona civil engineering students: Adam Bishop and Sergio Corona, and two Professionals from M3 Engineering and Technology Corp.: Allan Ortega and Austin Urton. The winners each received a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

    In addition to all of the fun and networking, there were some awesome raffle prizes donated by our sponsors. The event was a huge success, and approximately $1150 was raised for the students! SEAoA would like to extend a special thank you to the University of Arizona ASCE Executive Team, and Jessica Carson, S.E., from Martin, White & Griffis, for creating this event last year and lending a hand this year. SEAoA would also like to thank all of the 2020 sponsors:

    Event Sponsors:

    Coreslab Structures (ARIZ), Inc.

    DPR Construction


    McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

    Restruction Corporation

    Structural Concepts, Inc.

    Swaim Associates, Ltd.

    Local Raffle Sponsors:

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

    Roadhouse Cinemas

    Golf N' Stuff

    Culinary Dropout

  • 02 Mar 2020 8:30 AM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    Early Registration is now open for the 2020 SEAoA Convention and Conference held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona!

    Like last year, registration will include the Thursday morning sessions for a total of 13.25 PDH credits! 

    Register now to take advantage of Early Registration rates.  More information on topics, schedule and rates can be found at the registration link:

  • 10 Feb 2020 9:13 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    Vendor Registration is now open for the 2020 SEAoA Convention and Conference in Tucson, AZ from May 28th-30th. Please click on the link below for more information and registration:

  • 02 Feb 2020 3:50 AM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    As a silver sponsor of the Greater Phoenix Area Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, the SEAoA Central Chapter uses a portion of membership dues to support the program that mentors and encourages high school students in the field of ACE. See the flyer below for more information on this great program!

  • 20 Jan 2020 4:10 PM | Sarah Betts (Administrator)

    The January-March issue of the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona Newsletter is now available to view! January 2020 Newsletter.pdf

    Please read to keep up to date on all the current happenings with the SEAoA, articles from SEAoA Board Members and information pertaining to the structural engineering industry.

    If you have any articles, ideas, or comments for future newsletters, please send them to

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