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The Summit hit records once again in 2019. This year’s event hosted more than 800 total attendees, beating last year’s record by almost 200. The Summit has been steadily growing over the last four years as NCSEA has been able to offer more educational and networking opportunities to more and more attendees and exhibitors. The 2019 event featured over 45 education sessions for the practicing structural engineer, several networking & awards events (including NCSEA’s newly revamped Awards Celebration), and a trade show with 70 exhibitors.

This year’s expert-led education sessions were met with high ratings from attendees. Only the highest-quality abstracts were selected to offer top-notch education that is for practicing structural engineers by structural engineers, this includes the five keynote addresses that were presented throughout the week.

NCSEA partnered with its local member organization, the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), to host a one-of-a-kind Welcome to California event that highlighted California’s contributions to the profession as well as its diverse regions. The event featured an earthquake simulator sponsored by the California Earthquake Authority, that mimicked the experience of a 3.0 to 7.0 magnitude earthquake, and a surf simulator! In addition, the event paid homage to wine country, the golden gate bridge, and, of course, Disneyland.

The 2019 Summit introduced a revamped Awards Celebration. This event annually highlights the NCSEA Special Awards, honoring NCSEA members who have provided outstanding service and commitment to the association and to the structural engineering field, as well as the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, showcasing some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. The Awards Celebration began with a short networking reception that moved into an “Oscars-style” awards presentation that shined a spotlight on the night’s winners, and then attendees shifted to an outdoor gala with dinner, live music, and more networking.

This year’s Special Awards were presented to:

  • NCSEA Service Award to Ben Nelson, P.E., for the work he has put toward the betterment of NCSEA that is beyond the norm of volunteerism.
  • James M. Delahay Award to Kelly E. Cobeen, S.E., for her outstanding contributions toward the development of building codes and standards.
  • Robert Cornforth Award to Thomas A. DiBlasi, P.E., SECB for his exceptional dedication and exemplary service to an NCSEA Member Organization and to the profession.
  • Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award to S.K. Ghosh, Ph.D., for his genuine interest in, and extraordinary talent for, effective instruction to practicing structural engineers.

For more information on these awards, click here.

NCSEA also introduced some new events into this year’s Summit. The National Chapter of the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee hosted the first ever national symposium, with topic focusing on various aspects of engagement, retention, diversity, and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. NCSEA also held the first ever national Timber-Strong Design Buildsm Competition, which challenged student teams from across the country to build a two-story playhouse in the matter of 90 minutes.

The winning schools were:

  • 1st: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2nd: University of California, Los Angeles
  • 3rd: University of Kentucky

The winners of the first MO Public Outreach Challenge were also announced. This Challenge was led by NCSEA’s Communication Committee to involve the NCSEA Member Organizations in outreach via news articles, blog posts, videos, and a variety of other media channels, while educating the public and other industries about structural engineering. The winners of the very first MO Public Outreach Challenge were:

  • 1st: Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • 2nd: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI)
  • 3rd: Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO)



Next year’s Structural Engineering Summit will be held November 3–6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Information on attending and exhibiting will be available soon at