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Volunteering for a NCSEA Committee

Thank you for your interest in NCSEA committee involvement!  Please review the NCSEA website at to gain a better understanding of each Committee. This will also help you determine where you can make the biggest difference. You must be a member of an NCSEA Member Organization or an NCSEA Corporate Member in order to be a member of an NCSEA Committee.

NCSEA Young Member Groups are encouraged to submit their activities and events. Please contact Maher Eltarhoni if you have any questions.

The NCSEA Special Awards are presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit  to NCSEA members who have provided outstanding service and commitment to the association and to the structural engineering field. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2020.

NCSEA Service Award
This award is presented to an individual who has worked for the betterment of NCSEA, member organizations and the profession, to a degree that is beyond the norm of volunteerism. It is given to someone who has made a clear contribution to the organization and therefore to the profession. Nominees can be submitted by any SEA Member. NCSEA Board members are not eligible.

Robert Cornforth Award
This award is presented to an individual for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to a member organization and to the profession. The award is named for Robert Cornforth, a founding member of NCSEA and treasurer on its first Board of Directors, and a member of OSEA. Nominations can only be submitted by SEA Leadership (any Delegate, President, Executive Director, or someone acting on behalf of the organization as a whole.) NCSEA Board members are not eligible.

Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award
The Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award is presented to an individual who has a genuine interest in, and extraordinary talent for, effective instruction of practicing structural engineers. The award was established to honor the memory of Sue Frey, one of NCSEA's finest educators. Nominations can be submitted by any SEA Member.

Each award may not be presented every year.

This program annually highlights some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Structural engineers and structural engineering firms are encouraged to enter the awards program. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity.

All entry materials must be received by 3 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

The entry fee is $445 and must be paid online.

Entry must be submitted by a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Structural Engineer (S.E.) whose practice or activity is primarily in the field of structural engineering. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020, or must be sufficiently complete such that they clearly show the basic design of the structural system. The submittals will be judged based on the quality of the structural “design” portion of the project.  Projects that have been submitted in previous years may be entered in the current year's program.  Within the context of this awards program, “design” refers to the overall concept of any structure or structural system within a project. New projects, renovations, rehabilitation, structural upgrades and adaptive reuse of buildings, special use structures, and bridges are eligible. Projects may be located anywhere in the world. Multiple entries from the same firm will be accepted.

The selection of award recipients will be made by a distinguished Jury of Awards. There will be a minimum of five jurors. All jurors shall be structural engineers licensed as P.E.’s or S.E.’s.


  • Creativity of structural design (20%)
  • Complexity of criteria or unique problems (20%)
  • Innovative application of new or existing materials or techniques (20%)
  • Ingenuity of design for efficient use of materials and labor (20%)
  • Constructability challenges and solutions (20%)

The manner in which the above criteria apply to the entry should be described in the submitted documentation. 

Once the judging is complete, the winners of the top three projects in each category will be required  to provide NCSEA with the following items. These will be used in future  publications, announcements and at the awards presentation ceremony:

The winners in each category will be required to provide NCSEA with the following items:

  • One poster (30”x 40”) for display at the 2020 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit.
  • Credits that must be noted for all photographs.

A representative must be present  at NCSEA's Awards Event in order to win the award and be featured in a future  issue of STRUCTURE magazine. The awards will be presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. 

More about the entry process. 

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Continuing Education Committee is seeking presentations for the 2020 Webinar program. Ideal presentations are between 75 to 90 minutes, and deliver pertinent and useful information that is specific to the practicing structural engineer, in both technical and non-technical tracks. Sessions will be 90 minutes total, including time for Q & A. Submissions on best-design practices, new codes and standards, recent projects, advanced analysis techniques, management, business practices, and other topics that would be of interest to practicing structural engineers, are desired. Other desired topics include:

  • Case Studies
  • Lessons Learned
  • Snow Loads
  • Ethics
  • Bettering Communication
  • Business Practices
  • Accounting
  • Client Growth

Speakers will be provided with required guidelines after acceptance of abstract.