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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.

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

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 Board of Directors is asking Member Organizations to nominate and elect three Delegates to the Nominating Committee. These three Delegates will join the NCSEA Vice President, Past President and an appointed NCSEA Committee Chair as voting members of the Nominating Committee. This group will be tasked with soliciting Board of Directors nominations for all open positions, formulating the ballot and administering the vote. 

  • Use this form to securely submit your nomination
  • You must be a valid member of one of the 44 Member Organizations to nominate.  
  • Individuals may self-nominate.

Please note that if you serve on the Nominating Committee, you cannot be nominated for a Board position; and if you served on the Nominating Committee either of the last two years, you are not eligible to serve this year. 

For the current list of the NCSEA Board of Directors, visit: 

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 13, 2021.

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, 2018 and June 30, 2021, 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 2021 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit.
  • Credits that must be noted for all photographs.

The awards will be presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit at the Hilton Midtown in New York, NY. 

More about the entry process. 

The NCSEA Grant Program was developed to assist Member Organizations (SEAs) in growing their SEA and promoting the structural engineering field. The Grant Program is supported by the NCSEA Foundation, which was established in early 2020 to support the non-profit activities of NCSEA and its Member Organizations. The Purpose of the Foundation is to fund qualifying initiatives and activities that are intended to aid in the advancement of the science and practice of Structural Engineering as well as promote technical development, education, outreach, and engagement within NCSEA’s Member Organizations. The Foundation itself is supported by specialty ticketed events throughout the year as well as individual and corporate donations.

Any NCSEA Member Organization or member(s) of a Member Organization are eligible to submit a grant application. Applications must be submitted to the local Member Organization, reviewed and approved, and then forwarded (via this application) to NCSEA for consideration.

A grant request may be submitted for any program that is consistent with NCSEA’s Mission. Requests will not be accepted for political contributions or for the reimbursement of lobbying expenses.

Evaluation Process
A subcommittee of the NCSEA Board of Directors (Treasurer, at-large members and the Executive Director) will serve as the evaluation committee for the grant applications. Once the winning grants are selected by the subcommittee, they must be reviewed and approved by the NCSEA Board of Directors. In addition to the above information, several key factors will be evaluated with every grant application: 

  • How will the grant request advance the practice of structural engineering or strengthen your MO?
  • Is the grant request for MO operations funding (such as website updates, AMS improvements or a new computer)? If yes, the grant application must detail how the project is unique (and not just typical operational expense) and how the MO will communicate successes back to all other MOs to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Are there matching funds from a local Member Organization, or is the grant request serving as the primary funding source for a project? 

Grant recipients will be contacted directly by a member of the subcommittee.

Additional historical information regarding the NCSEA Grant Program can be found here.

Finally, please read and agree to the "terms of use" statement, found at the end of this application, regarding the "Knowledge Transfer" requirements, when a grant is awarded.

Each year at NCSEA's Structural Engineering Summit, an award is given to recognize an outstanding Young Member Group from one of the NCSEA Member Organizations (SEAs). Young Member Groups (YMGs) that enter the contest will be evaluated on four categories. The emphasis of this award is to recognize Young Member Groups that are providing a benefit to their young members, Member Organization, and communities. Responses to each question are to have a maximum of 300 to 500 words describing their activities for the previous year (i.e. June 2019-May 2021). Previous Award recipients may apply.

Finalists will receive complimentary registration to the Structural Engineering Summit, being held at the Hilton Midtown New York, October 12–15 & Virtually, September 27–October 21.

(Winning recipients will be able to choose between in-person & virtual registration)

For more information on the NCSEA Young Member Group Support Committee, click 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 July 16, 2021.

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. 

NEW - Susie A. Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award

The Susie A. Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award will be 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 to be bestowed on candidates who embody Susie’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 new award was created to honor the late NCSEA Board President and advocate for the profession, Susie 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. Nominees can be submitted by any SEA Member. 

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.

Judging Criteria

The NCSEA Board of Directors reviews all nominations to determine the recipient(s) each year except for the James Delahay Award, which is chosen by the Code Advisory Committee Chair. All awards are based on worthy recipients and may not be awarded each year. Award recipients will receive free registration the Structural Engineering Summit and the Awards Event.

NCSEA is offering scholarships to young members to this year's Structural Engineering Summit being held at the Hilton Midtown New York, October 12–15 & Virtually, September 27–October 21.  For more information on the NCSEA Young Member Group Support Committee, click here.

Recipients will receive free registration to the Summit which includes all educational sessions, access to the trade show, and the NCSEA Awards Event. (Winning recipients will be able to choose between in-person & virtual registration)

To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be:

For more information on the NCSEA Young Member Group Support Committee, visit the Young Member Group page of the NCSEA website.

If you are applying for this scholarship, please wait to register. If you do not receive the scholarship, please contact us and we will register you for the early bird rate.