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SEA Grant Program


Contributions to the NCSEA Foundation support NCSEA's efforts to assist practicing structural engineers to be highly qualified professionals and successful leaders. The NCSEA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consider making a donation to help advance the profession.


The NCSEA Grant Program has been developed to assist Member Organizations (SEAs) in growing their Association and promoting the structural engineering field. The Grant Program is supported by the NCSEA Foundation, which was established to support the non-profit activities of NCSEA and its Member Organizations. The purpose of the Foundation is to fund qualifying initiatives and activities that are intended to aid in the advancement of the science and practice of Structural Engineering as well as promote technical development, education, outreach, and engagement within NCSEA’s Member Organizations. 


2022 Grant Recipients


Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT) 

Student Member and Young Member Group Outreach, Engagement, and Growth 

SEAoT’s project will increase the visibility of the organization on college and university campuses in Texas that provide degrees in structural engineering. Their plans for 2023 are to recruit and engage new members to this group. Funds will be applied to launch social media campaigns to increase awareness and visibility of SEAoT, host live networking events on campus and at the annual convention and build a mentorship program. This project will advance the mission of NCSEA by piquing the interest of young members and students to join the organization. 

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

Gingerbread Engineering Youth Outreach

In December 2022, SEAOSC will host the Southern California Gingerbread Challenge, a design and construction competition. This event will have 30+ teams of engineers, architects, and construction officials working on one day to build gingerbread structures to demonstrate the engineering and design industry. Utilizing tabletop shake tables, this is a hands-on (and edible) outreach activity that will engage students and introduce them to the A/E/C industry with an emphasis on building stability. Youth will not only have a chance to tour the mesmerizing gingerbread structures on display but also be able to build and then shake their very own creations.

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

Emerging Members Event

In March 2023, SEAOSC will host its reimagined Emerging Leaders event, which will be year two of the program launch for an expanded mentorship program, an opportunity to recognize student scholarship winners, and a skill-building program that will provide emerging and established leaders with essential communication and networking tools to accelerate their success. This program will help establish a foundation for our emerging leaders and reinforce best practices for more experienced members.

Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD)

Business Forum Committee

The SEAOSD Business Forum Committee plans to work with adjacent industries and develop a true network for senior leadership, mid-level management, and entry-level engineers in the area.

The BDC was created to cater to small business owners with monthly committee meetings along with quarterly presentations from supporting industries (Financials/Accounting, E&O Insurance, Business [Path to Principal], etc.). The quarterly meetings will be supplemental to core committee efforts and offer networking, guidance, and collaboration with other committees and industries - to promote a "rising tide" mentality amongst the San Diego structural engineers and perform as an aspirational committee to attract new engineers and undergrads in addition to non-member local firms. 

Structural Engineers Association of New Mexico (SEANM)

Continuing Creation of the Young Member Group (YMG)

SEANM started a YMG about a year ago. YMG aims to spread the word that there is an active structural engineering community here in NM and provide resources for young engineers. The YMG of SEANM's goal is to support practicing young structural engineers. They aim to provide various resources to advance career growth and development and assist in becoming highly qualified professionals. They are beginning to offer mentorship programs with senior structural engineers and offer technical advancement opportunities. They also hope to offer young engineers leadership and soft skills advancement opportunities.


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