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A message from SEAOC President Chris Kamp

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  
By Chris Kamp, S.E., FSEAOC, 2016-2017 SEAOC President
Well, that was FUN!  We have started our SEAOC year in fantastic fashion. Those of you whom were able to attend the SEAOC Convention in Maui know what I am talking about.  
Hello, I am Chris Kamp and I have the honor to serve as your 2016-2017 SEAOC President.  For those of you that may not know me, I am a Principal with SDSE, a Structural Engineering firm in San Diego.  I have been a member of SEAOC and SEAOSD for over 35 years.  Over those years I have served SEAOC and the San Diego region on the Seismology Committee, the Code Committee, and on the board of directors for both SEAOSD and SEAOC.      
I am excited and looking forward to this next year.  We have a great group of engineers that make up the new SEAOC board of directors.   I would like to start by giving a big thank you to last year’s board.  Particularly those leaving the board and our recent president, Kelly Cobeen.  Kelly served us all very well last year.  She initiated some procedures that will provide long term continuity and stability for our committees and association.  Kelly was also able to stay on top of all of the things that came to the board’s attention throughout the year, which was daunting.  Kelly has set the bar high and I will do my best to maintain the legacy she has set.
Back to the Convention.  The technical sessions were extensive and very informative.  If you have not done so already, be sure to log in to the SEAOC website and download a copy of the Proceedings for your library.  The dinners were tremendous, great food, great entertainment, and the great company of friends.  We inducted six very deserving and worthy members into the SEAOC College of Fellows.  The exhibition area was filled with vendors that offer us all types of assistance in the design and construction of our projects.  We also had the pleasure of participation by representatives of SESOC, the Structural Engineering Association of New Zealand.  In an effort of collaboration, members of the board of directors for ATC participated in our convention and held their board meeting on Saturday at the hotel.  And of course, this all took place in Maui, not a bad place to get away for a few days.  I speak for all of us that attended the convention to give a big thank you to SEAONC and the Convention Committee for a job well done.          
Looking forward to the upcoming year.  We have a new building code in California that will be in force on January 1, 2017 and in preparation SEAOC has an updated set of Structural / Seismic Design Manuals available, with associated webinars beginning soon.  Our committees are active and have great energy.  Several of the committees have ambitious projects in mind or in development.  We continue to further our collaboration with NCSEA to widen the influence of the work of our committees.  As part of that effort we are developing a coordinated set of meetings for the boards of directors of SEAOC and NCSEA in the coming months.   
It has long been my belief that the work of our committees are essential both to SEAOC and to the professional development of our members.  The participation of our members in our committees is vital.  For those of you that are not already involved, I would encourage everyone to investigate becoming involved in a committee.  There are committees that will address a variety of interests.  It has been my experience and opinion, that participation in SEAOC through committee involvement is very satisfying and can be beneficial to an engineer’s career.

In closing, once again, I am looking forward to serving you all this year as SEAOC President and hope to see and meet many of you during a future SEAOC event.