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NCSEA Octoberfest


During Octoberfest, some NCSEA Committees will be holding open meetings. If you've ever thought about serving on an NCSEA Committee, this is the perfect opportunity to connect & engage. Please check back as we add additional meetings up to the event.




All times listed are Central Time Zone

NCSEA Committee Meetings

(Schedule as of September 28, 2021)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

1:00-4:00 pm  

Code Advisory Committee - Special Inspection/Quality Assurance

Check out what this NCSEA Committee is working on.

2:00-5:00 pm  

Code Advisory Committee - Existing Buildings/Structural Retrofit

Check out what this NCSEA Committee is working on.

3:00-5:00 pm  

Code Advisory Committee - Seismic Provisions

Check out what this NCSEA Committee is working on.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021


Publications Committee

Check out what this NCSEA Committee is working on.


Code Advisory Committee - General Requirements

Check out what this NCSEA Committee is working on.


Thank you to our Octoberfest Sponsors!




October 12-15 is NCSEA Octoberfest Week! Take a break from the crush of your work week and spend time engaging with your engineering colleagues virtually. NCSEA has planned four days of free presentations, open discussions, and just plain fun interactions that will relieve your stress, provide you with opportunities to interact, and allow you to smile!

By registering for free for Octoberfest, you will gain access to all the sessions. Attend one or attend them all, based on your interests and availability.

No continuing education credits will be given for Octoberfest sessions.

Take this opportunity to engage with your fellow engineers—lederhosen and bratwurst are optional!

All times listed are Central Time Zone

Sessions to Connect & Engage

(Schedule as of September 28, 2021)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021



Connect & Engage with NCSEA

Learn about opportunities to become involved and engaged with NCSEA. Whether you are a structural engineer at the beginning of your career or a seasoned veteran that has supported your state SEA for the last twenty years, NCSEA has opportunities for volunteers looking to support the profession, contribute to a vision and mission, and lead.
Thought Leaders: NCSEA Staff & Board


Sponsor Session: Emphasizing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to encourage Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Stanley Black & Decker


Join Stanley Black & Decker Chief Diversity Officer Joe Simms as he leads a panel discussion focused on culture building and expanding opportunities for women in engineering, sales and operations. Learn as our experts share how intentionally engaging employee resource groups are a key to those efforts.   
Speakers: Joe Simms, Chief Diversity Officer, and a Panel of Stanley Black & Decker DEI leaders

1:00-2:00 pm  

Volunteering in the SE Profession

There are various opportunities to use your professional expertise in the volunteer environment. Learn more while sharing your stories of offering a helping hand in your local community, or halfway around the world.
Speakers to include: Nicola Turrini - Bridges to Prosperity
Colby Baker - NCSEA SEER Committee Co-Chair
Kellie Farster – SEA-MW Rebuilding Together Chair

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


NCSEA's Brand & Marketing Initiative for the SE Profession

Get a closer look at NCSEA's new initiative. The tagline has been created and the rollout strategy has begun. Find out where the program is heading and how it can help structural engineers everywhere.
Speaker: Elizabeth McKenna, Agency McKenna


Sponsor Session: The Soft Side of Engineering

Lynch Mykins

Speaker: Collette Ramirez, Vice President and Managing Director

1:30-2:00 pm  

Grow Your Library – Structural Engineer's Book Club

Sure, we’ve all read books by Henry Petroski, but there must be more in your personal library than his work? Share some examples of what’s on your bookshelves. Attend this session and have a chance to win the highly acclaimed book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898! A perfect NYC book to add to your collection!
Interactive Discussion

Thursday, October 14, 2021


Articulating Your Worth: Self-Advocacy For the Undervalued Structural Engineer

You work hard, yet your work and unique skills aren’t appreciated by peers, leadership in your organization, and even clients. It affects many things and is also a symptom of a common struggle: Understanding and articulating your value as a structural engineer. Join us in this interactive session, where we’ll discuss how to determine and authentically articulate your worth so that you can stand out and be recognized for the value you provide. 
Speaker: Stephanie Slocum, Engineers Rising LLC


Sponsor Session: From a Basement Start-up to a Successful Business

DrJ Engineering  

Speaker: Kirk Grundahl

1:00-1:30 pm  

How did you get into the SE Profession?

Maybe it was a key professor in college, or possibly an adult mentor? Or was it that box of Legos you received on your 8th birthday? There are many stories. Let’s share a few and see what we can be doing to “sell” structural engineering to the next generation.  This just added:  Attend and be one of the first to get a sneak peak of the trailer from the new film series being developed by SEAOSC!
Interactive Discussion

Friday, October 15, 2021


Construction Market Trends – What Are SEs Seeing Looking into the Future?

Predicting how the world will look in 6 to 12 months can feel like an impossible task—especially in today’s ever-changing business environment. What if you could share insights and trends with your SE colleagues and gain some specific perspectives on what might be “down the road?"  Let's dig a little deeper with John Cross and see if you can come away with a clearer view of some construction market trends that will affect the demand for structural engineering services.
Speaker: John Cross, Crosswind Consulting LLC

12:30-1:00 pm  

Sponsor Session: Innovations in Design with HSS

Atlas Tube

Speaker: Brad Fletcher