Structural Engineers Association of New York

  • 01 Dec 2020 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Book Talk: The Structure of Skyscrapers in America 1871-1900

    Friday, 12/11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    In the long-awaited book The Structure of Skyscrapers in America 1871-1900, award-winning author Donald Friedman presents an illustrated history of the development of the structure of skyscrapers during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. In the first 190 pages, he details the context for the emergence of this new building type and thoroughly explains the cutting-edge technology of construction. Preservation problems are examined in depth.

    A separate 200-page section provides construction dates and images for every known building taller than nine stories erected in the United States between 1871 and 1900—a total of 443 individual buildings, both extant and demolished, in 36 cities all across the country, from Boston and New York to San Francisco.

    This definitive new book is essential reading—and an unrivaled reference—for anyone who is interested in early skyscrapers and in identifying the more than 300 engineers, architects, and contractors who designed and built them.

    Donald Friedman, PE, FAPT, FASCE, Co-founder, Old Structures Engineering

    Friedman, PE, FAPT, FASCE, is a co-founder of Old Structures Engineering and has thirty years of experience as a structural engineer, working on both the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing structures. He has taught at the Pratt Institute, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is the author of numerous articles for technical publications and five books on construction, renovation, and engineering.

    Organized by AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

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  • 20 Nov 2020 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce the 2021 SEAoNY Annual Conference will be virtual and held during February 2021.

    This year we are doing something different. From our survey results, we realize our membership wants exciting and informative sessions not necessarily driven by a single topic. As such, we are accepting abstracts that are not tied to a central theme.  

    We hope you will send us your abstracts to help us plan an exciting annual conference.

    More information here.

  • 13 Nov 2020 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering would like SEAoNY members to take part in their survey on how engineers learn from their past designs and how this could be augmented with in-service monitoring of structures. 

    Fill out survey here.

  • 20 Oct 2020 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sign up for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Rescue & Recovery Workers Registry

    SEAoNY is dedicated to advocating for structural engineers. We are partnering with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to share the stories of the structural engineers whom contributed to the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. If you worked at Ground Zero, please visit and add yourself to the Rescue & Recovery Workers registry. We ask that you choose “SEAoNY” to the question “Employee/Member of”; if you have already signed up, we would appreciate if you update this answer to “SEAoNY”. Adding your name to the registry will benefit both the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and SEAoNY.

    Please contact if you are willing and able to make a donation towards our partnership with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We are particularly interested in obtaining artifacts from the site that can be used for a future exhibition – these may include photos, articles or other memorabilia that have a story. We will also be pursuing opportunities for engineers to record their stories of 9/11 and the rescue and recovery effort for inclusion in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s oral histories exhibit.

  • 13 Aug 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join 2020 Honorary Member Robert Murray in supporting the SEAoNY Education Foundation!

    The SEAoNY Education Foundation* was established to support local students who are or wish to study structural engineering. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed over $210,000 to graduating high school students from the Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction in Manhattan and college and university students enrolled in various institutions across the greater New York City area. Historically, the Foundation has provided 2 scholarships at the high school level and 2 scholarships at the university or graduate level.

    Due to the unprecedented challenges faced by students in light of the pandemic, this year the SEAoNY Education Foundation hopes to give more than ever before: awarding 3 scholarships at the $5,000 level to graduating Urban Assembly high school seniors, and 2 to current college students. 

    Donate here

    The SEAoNY Annual Golf Outing is the primary fundraising event to sustain these scholarships. This year, thanks to the hard work of volunteer SEAoNY Scholarship Committee members, our Golf Outing will continue, but at a reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Honorary Member Robert Murray has decided to donate the cost of a foursome to the SEAoNY Education Foundation. The committee and Board of Directors are hoping for your support too. Please consider donating the cost of a foursome or any amount you are able to.

    With your help, the SEAoNY Education Foundation can give even more support to the structural engineers of tomorrow. 

    Honorary Member Robert Murray has recognized that this moment in history offers SEAoNY members a unique opportunity to increase their impact and support to rising engineers. With greater demands and the complications of public health putting stress on our aging infrastructure, the need for bright young structural engineers is more critical than ever. In giving a tax-deductible gift to the SEAoNY Education Foundation, you are helping students and supporting the field of engineering.

    Join Robert Murray in donating to the SEAoNY Education Foundation today. 

    *SEAoNY Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization #45-4957969

    Donate here

  • 13 Aug 2020 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Future of Design NYC 2020

    IABSE presents Future of Design NYC for the fourth time in September 2020.  Join us for a series of events dedicated to synthesizing new ideas and discussing active issues in the engineering and architecture community!

    The theme of Future of Design NYC 2020 is Acceleration & Deceleration. Designers and related built environment professionals are often caught between the fast-paced flexibility that a project demands and the slow pace of change of industry practices.  This year’s program will evaluate the effects of acceleration on the built environment and on designing with social responsibility; it will also explore ideas and innovative practices that developed as a result of - or in an attempt to better harness - those shifts. It will approach these issues from perspectives of both engineering and architecture, in order to contextualize designers’ voices in transformative built environment initiatives.

    FoDNYC 2020 will occur as a series of [5] events hosted online, from September 15 to October 1. Check as we provide updates on program sessions and speakers!

  • 22 Jun 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Message from the SEAoNY Board:

    We are writing to address the recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and racism in the United States. We have been grieving along with the rest of New York and are deeply saddened and outraged by the continuing violence against the Black community. Our role as structural engineers is to build a better present and future for the communities we serve. We know that silence at this time is not an option, and want to reaffirm our support for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members. 

    We are an anti-racist organization; discrimination of any kind is not aligned with the values of SEAoNY or our Code of Ethics. The NCSEA’s vision statement reads, “Structural Engineers are valued for their contributions to safe structures and resilient communities.” Communities will be neither safe nor resilient until we fully address the challenges we face as a society, including racism and educational inequity. While we as structural engineers cannot solve these problems on our own, it is vital that we do the work necessary, as firms, engineers, and individuals, in order to make the best decisions and actions to find solutions. 

    The SEAoNY Board supports our committees who have been taking action on the issues of inequality and diversity.

    • The SEAoNY Education Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students from the Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction and grants to fund a new laboratory on campus.
    • The Diversity committee has invited experts to present to our membership on relevant issues such as understanding implicit bias, best practices for addressing workplace harassment, the NCSEA SE3 Project, among other topics. Diversity has also begun an annual speed mentoring initiative designed to give all members of our field access to a diverse set of mentors at all levels of experience.
    • The Student Outreach Committee (formerly Education Committee) has engaged in important outreach to local high school and college students who are the future of a more inclusive structural engineering community. Moving forward, we are talking to our various partners in these efforts to increase their impact and ensure the benefits are reaching those who are most in need.

    Although we have taken steps towards addressing racism against our BIPOC colleagues, the SEAoNY Board acknowledges that we have been largely silent on the subject. We have not contributed enough to the ongoing conversation of racism in the United States.

    Compelled by recent events, the SEAoNY Diversity committee will not take hiatus this summer as usual and will instead host a 3-part virtual seminar series addressing racism within the structural engineering profession. The first two seminars in this series are designed to educate our membership on the effects of racism against BIPOC and particularly how the built environment can influence injustice and inequality in our society. The third seminar will be a panel discussion on actionable steps that firms can take internally and externally to address racism and implicit bias in the workplace. Please look for further communications on this seminar series in the weeks to come.

    We encourage our membership to be advocates for the health, safety, and well-being of the public and we encourage you to continue engaging the SEAoNY Board and one another in conversation on how to do so. We will be listening to our members as we evaluate future meaningful actions that can be taken by SEAoNY to advocate for a more equitable profession.


    On Behalf of the SEAoNY Board of Directors

    James Vignola

    SEAoNY President 2019-2020

    Hannah Valentine

    SEAoNY Diversity Committee Chair 2019-2020

    Joya Nuruddin Herman

    SEAoNY Executive Director

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  • 04 Jun 2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 03 Jan 2020 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Expand your horizons with a Young Professional Scholarship to Structures Congress.

    This scholarship, made possible by the SEI Futures Fund, provides motivated young professionals and students in structural engineering (and related fields) the opportunity to participate and get involved in SEI at Structures Congress.  Apply by January 3rd to be considered for the April 5-8 Structures Congress in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • 12 Nov 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for a half-day program developed by the

    Structural Engineering, Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee.

    We invite you to be a part of three sessions focused on engagement, retention, diversity and inclusion. You will be inspired by findings from the 2018 SE3 national survey, hear success stories and cautionary tales from industry leaders, and learn strategies and best practices for improving retention, satisfaction, and culture within your organizations.

    Sponsorship and Program information to follow.

    Register now at    

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