This program annually highlights some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Both structural engineers and structural engineering firms are encouraged to enter the awards program.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday, June 9, 2023

The entry fee is $545 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, 2020 and May 31, 2023, 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. 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. Projects that have been submitted in previous years may be entered in the current year's program.

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.


  • Complexity of criteria or unique problems (20%)
  • Creativity of structural design (20%)
  • Innovative application of new or existing materials or techniques (20%)
  • Commitment to sustainability through efficient use of materials, resilience, circular economy principles, or embodied carbon reduction (20%)
  • Ingenuity of design for constructability challenges and efficient use of labor (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:

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

  • One poster (30”x 40”) for display at the 2023 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit.
  • Credits that must be noted for all photographs.
  • Video recorded message about their project, coordinated with NCSEA staff and videographer.

Outstanding projects will be featured in a future issue of STRUCTURE magazine, a video presentation on the NCSEA website and invited to speak at the Awards Webinar Series the following year.

The awards will be presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit in November 2023 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. 

More information about the SEE Awards program available here.

The NCSEA Special Awards are presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit to members who have provided outstanding service and commitment to the association and to the structural engineering profession. The deadline for nominations is June 5, 2023.

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.

Susan A. Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award
The Susan A. Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership potential through their activities within NCSEA and/or their SEA (even if they did not serve in a formal leadership role). The award is bestowed on candidates who embody Susan’s passion, vision, and legacy of leadership in at least one of the following:

  • mentorship and support for younger engineers, women engineers and/or underrepresented engineers;
  • demonstrated leadership skills and/or visionary leadership in a particular initiative such as SE licensure;
  • active engagement at multiple levels within the profession, whether formal or informal.

This award was created to honor the late NCSEA Board President and advocate for the profession, Susan A. Jorgensen, who passed away in November 2020. Its intention is to award increased participation of emerging leaders and encourage recipients to engage (or continue to engage) in formal leadership.
In addition to free registration to the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit, the recipient of this award will be granted a $1,000 travel stipend. During the Summit, there will be a dedicated time scheduled for the recipient to meet and interact with current NCSEA leadership, ideally providing the opportunity to discuss future leadership roles within NCSEA or within the recipient’s SEA.

Nominations can be submitted by any SEA Member.

Special Award recipients will receive complimentary tickets to the Awards Celebration

Judging Criteria
The NCSEA Board of Directors reviews all nominations to determine the recipient(s) each year. 

All awards are based on worthy recipients and may not be awarded each year. 

Please fill out the following information.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Ort (kort@ncsea.com). 

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

Volunteering for a NCSEA Committee

Thank you for your interest in NCSEA committee involvement!  Please review the NCSEA website at http://www.ncsea.com/committees/ 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.

Promotion of your firm brings in business and allows others in the AEC industries to know you are actively engaged in your profession.  The NCSEA 'Spotlight' assists in doing that.  Each Corporate Member is featured on the NCSEA website as a 'Spotlight.'  As you complete the submission, please be prepared to share some basic information as well as photos of your key individual, most notable project and your company logo.

NCSEA would love to hear about your SEA! Have you hosted an event recently that you'd like to share with the rest of the organization? Maybe you're hosting an upcoming event, rewarding scholarships, or you're just proud of your SEA's recent efforts and want them featured in Structural Connection or NCSEA News. Please let us know! Just complete this form & hit submit, it is that easy to share news about your SEA.

Also, remember to add your upcoming events to NCSEA's Calendar. Visit this link and fill out the details of your event. 

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Continuing Education Committee is seeking presentations for the 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 60-90 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.