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A President's Message from SEAOC President Rafael Sabelli

Friday, February 28, 2020  

By Rafael Sabelli, SE, SEAOC President 2020

The SEAOC Board is currently engaged in strategic planning. This process is more than exercise; it is a necessary investigation of how we can remain a vibrant, dynamic, important, and healthy organization as the profession modernizes and society evolves in different ways.

SEAOC’s activities are important. (For example, our Professional Practice Committee recently published an important updated edition of SEAOC’s Recommended Guidelines for the Practice of Structural Engineering in California.) Such activities provide both a voice and collective guidance to the California practicing engineer. The sources of the funds that permit those activities has shifted over time, and we have done well in developing projects that simultaneously serve our profession and raise funds that facilitate other activities. Publications and continuing education have provided our members with up-to-date information, and have at times provided a considerable supplement to dues.

As we plan, we prioritize, and we consider what it means to be a member of SEAOC and what SEAOC means in the wider world, both in the profession (nationally, and internationally) and in society. SEAOC is what SEAOC does. What we have done is important and informs our identity, but it is our current and future actions that constitute our essence as an organization.

If you are reading this, you are likely a SEAOC member. I invite you to think about how that part of your identity can be made more meaningful through greater participation in committees, in projects, in continuing education. You and I are SEAOC, and SEAOC is what we make it. Let’s make it important.