SEFW 2016 Annual Report

From Mark D'Amato, Chair:

Thank you for your support of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington! We had a fantastic 2016. Please enjoy this report of what we accomplished last year. Your donations supported scholarships, outreach opportunities, our incredible Fall Forum, and more. With your partnership, we are accomplishing much good work promoting structural engineering.

Popsicle Bridge Competition

February 2016

For the second year, SEFW funded a popsicle stick bridge-building competition in the Mead School District in Spokane. Close to 350 Mead School District students used more than one million popsicle sticks to create 130 bridges to test to failure. The winning bridge held 874 pounds!

Truss Bridge Building Contest

February 2016

SEFW continued its relationship with Mountlake Terrace High School (MTHS), a STEM school in Edmonds. For the second year, SEFW funded a competition for students to design and construct 7-foot wood-framed bridges. All the bridges supported several hundred pounds before failure, while one bridge supported more than 1,000 pounds and did not break!

Structural Robotics Mentoring

March-April 2016

Also at MTHS for the second year, SEFW provided funding and mentoring support for the FIRST Robotics team. Structural engineering principles were applied to the overall design, specifically the moving arms and lifting mechanism, for a 120-pound robot. The robot won several rounds of competition, and placed 13th out of 64 teams at regionals in Portland.

STEM Expo Appearances

February-June 2016

SEAW YMF volunteers and SEFW began making appearances at STEM Expo and Career fairs around Puget Sound, introducing 5,000+ students and parents to structural engineering careers! Interactive booths featured a bridge-building iPad app, wooden truss bridge sample, and sometimes a shake table activity.

University Scholarships

April 2016

The SEAW Scholarship Program presented two $5,000 awards to Washington structural engineering students, funded by SEFW.

Nicole Finley, of La Conner, received her BSCE from WSU and was earning her masters at University of Minnesota.


Samiah Rizvi, of Kirkland, earned her BSCE from UW and was earning her masters at Seattle University.



SEAW Outreach Committee

June 2016

After several STEM fair appearances, SEFW successfully partnered with SEAW to create an Outreach Committee to field requests to attend fairs, assemble volunteers, and establish a “tool kit” of interactive activities. The committee then established a partnership with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), and they plan to attend several 2017 events.

Board of Directors Additions




July 2016

Three professionals were invited to join the SEFW Board and accepted:  Nancy Devine of the City of Seattle, Scott Douglas of Douglas Enterprises, and Richal Smith of Richal Smith & Co. Director terms are two years. The Board now consists of Mark D’Amato of DCI Engineers as chair, two vice chairs, one past chair, one secretary/treasurer, five directors, plus two on the administrative/communications team.

Engineering Legacy Forum

November 2016

More than 250 people enjoyed SEFW's 6th Fall Forum, “Engineers, Architects, Builders:  A Legacy of Innovation in the Pacific Northwest,” which featured main presenter Tyler Sprague, of the University of Washington, and panelists Carla Keel, Carla Keel Group; David Miller, Miller Hull Partnership; Scott Redman, Sellen Construction; and Jon Siu, City of Seattle; as well as special guest, former Washington Governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans, a career structural engineer who was involved in the viaduct, among other local projects. The event had 32 partnering firms and 15 cooperating organizations, and was a great success!


Thank you to our individual and corporate donors in 2016.


Individual donors:


Wayne Adamek

Cale Ash

Chris Bernards

Ted Bernards

Paul Brallier

Howard Burton

Arne Carson

Chevy Chase

Peggy Confer

Mark D'Amato

Scott Douglas

Nancy Duevel

Gregor Edwards

Patrick Farley

Charlie Griffes

Angela Gottula

Greg Guillen

Donald Hansen

Peter Hart

Dick Hemmen

Frank Hofmeister

Craig Keller

Shana Kelley

Joyce Lem

James Maras

David Peden

Fred Pneuman

Marga Rose Hancock

Hans Saxer

Greg Schindler

William Shafer

Ignasius Seilie

Mark Speidel

Ted Smith

B. Richal Smith

Elizabeth Ann Strickland

Peter Suden

Tom Xia

Michael Wright



Corporate donors:



DCI Engineers



Cary Kopczynski &


Coffman Engineers




CT Engineering


GLY Construction

Integrus Architecture

KPFF Consulting


Lane Powell

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Magnusson Klemencic


PCS Structural


Seattle Structural

Smith & Huston

TY Lin International

Wetherholt &




BTL Engineering

CG Engineering

Contech Services


CT Engineering

Mark & Linda D'Amato

Douglas Engineering

Hall & Company

Mayes Testing


MLA Engineering

PCL Construction

Quantum Consulting


Shannon & Wilson

Turner Construction

Verco Decking


Cooperating Organizations

ACE Mentor Program

    of Washington

ACEC Washington

AIA Seattle

AIA Spokane

ASCE Seattle Section

Masonry Institute of


Northwest Concrete


Northwest Concrete

   Masonry Association

Seattle Architecture


Seattle University

    Department of Civil

    and Environmental


Structural Engineers

    Association of


University of


    Department of Civil

    and Environmental


Urban Land Institute


    Aggregates &




   Association of

   Building Officials

Washington STEM


Support SEFW in its mission to promote structural engineering. Give to one of our three fund designation categories:

General Fund

Scholarship Fund

Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund

This Annual Report was prepared by our SEFW Administrator and communications team. Please submit questions or feedback to Angela Gottula Twining at or 425-741-1763.

Financial Stewardship Report

December 2016

The above graphs outline SEFW's breakdown of contributions/income and expenditures for 2016. Financial goals for 2017 include increasing individual donations and improving distribution of funds to better match the mission statement. Additionally, in 2016 the Board established a separate account, funded 100% by Board donations, to  support SEFW-related expenditures not directly related to programs.  Monthly meeting expenses, Board retreats, social functions, and other similar activities are paid for by the Board-funded account. Individual or corporate donations are used exclusively for costs associated with the SEFW mission.

PO Box 6248

Edmonds, WA  98026