Social Events and Receptions

Wednesday, September 13

Welcome Reception

6:30pm to 8pm Pavilion Tent

Join your industry partners in the Exhibitor Hall to enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres to kick off the 2017 SEAOC Convention!

Young Member Brewery Tour

6:30pm to 10:30pm Pick-Up and Drop Off at Hotel

Join us for a night of Beer Tasting while being shuttled in a fire truck. This is a free event for young members (21–35 years) only.  The night will kick off with a shuttle ride from the Hotel to three local breweries for beer tasting, a catered dinner and a brewery tour.  This will be a great way to wind up your first day and mingle with other young members. Limit 45 people.

DEWALT Reception and the Latest in Anchoring Software Innovations

8pm to 10pm Fresco’s

DEWALT is hosting a special evening event where they will be launching DEWALT Design Assist (DDA) structural anchor design software.  The event includes open bar, appetizers, music, games and DEWALT giveaways.

Please click on the following link: for more details and to RSVP

Sponsored by DEWALT

Thursday, September 14


7am to 8am Pavilion Tent

Rise and shine for pastries, bagels, fruit, juices and coffee to get your day started right and check out the great exhibitor booths before the technical sessions.

Sponsored by Jumpstart

Business Lunch

11:45am to 1:15pm Garden by the Bay

Enjoy the outdoors at this plated lunch, annual SEAOC business meeting, and celebrate the 2017 SEAOC Fellow inductees.

Sponsored by MiTek

Industry Reception

5pm to 6:30pm Pavilion Tent

Join the SEAOC gathering in the exhibit hall for happy hour after an inspiring day of technical sessions.

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Reception

4:30pm to 6pm Hotel Suite

Join Cal Poly staff, alumni, friends and family.  All are welcome.

Ray W. Clough Honorary Dinner at Coasterra

6:30pm Buses depart from Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

7pm to 11pm Coasterra – 880 Harbor Island Drive

Join us for an unforgettable evening at Coasterra on Harbor Island as we celebrate Ray W. Clough’s invaluable contributions to the structural engineering profession.  Clough’s Finite Element Method changed the course of engineering analysis methods in structural engineering, mechanical engineering, automobile engineering, aerospace engineering, and geotechnical engineering.  There is hardly a remote corner of the engineering specialties that has not benefited infinitely from his work.

You’ll enjoy cocktails on a private floating barge while you take in sweeping views of the Downtown San Diego skyline.  Come hungry for dinner and bring your dancing shoes: CSI’s official band—Ashraf’s Allstars—will crank out your favorite hits from the 80s, 90s and beyond.  You haven’t seen a show like this!  This is the convention event you can’t miss. Complimentary transportation provided.  (Adults only, please.)

Proudly hosted by Computers & Structures, Inc.

Transportation Sponsored by Hilti


Friday, September 15


7am to 8am Pavilion Tent

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Lunch

11:50am to 1:30pm Garden by the Bay

Enjoy this plated lunch outside in pool area and a special presentation by Ashraf Habibullah, President of Computers and Structures, Inc.  This year kicks off a new tradition for SEAOC; all of the SEAOC Awards entries earned an award at the regional level in order to advance to compete at the state-level, making this year’s awardees truly the Best of the Best.

Sponsored by Dealey, Renton & Associates


Speaker: Ashraf Habibullah

AN INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN ENGINEERING: “To lead, influence and inspire”

Research conducted at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (aka the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering) has suggested that only 15% of your financial success is due to your technical expertise. The other 85% is due to your skills in human engineering, i.e. your personality and your ability to deal with people. And as strategic use of economic power translates into influence and recognition, perhaps a closer look at the need for an education involving human engineering is in order.

It is a fact that a structural engineering education is focused almost exclusively on technical topics with practically no exposure to human engineering. Could that be the reason why the professional fees and compensation for structural engineers do not even begin to reflect the profession’s immeasurable contributions to humanity? And why our profession is not even in the running for any high profile recognition or prize, such as a Nobel?

In this talk, Ashraf emphasizes the need for a human engineering based education. He convincingly demonstrates, with his usual enthusiasm and humor, why it is important to cultivate deep personal beliefs, to develop public speaking skills and to become familiar with the arts, human psychology and human chemistry. These talents will enable young engineers to enter the professional world ready to lead, influence and inspire!

President’s Cup

4pm to 5pm South Lawn

Join in on the fun to find out which region will take home the trophy while enjoying a beverage.

“You’re the best. The best of the best. We’ll make you better.”

We are celebrating one of the most iconic movies of all time as our theme this year – and we’re celebrating Structural Engineering superstars capable of thinking on their feet, being fast on their feet, and leaving an indelible impression on their peers – who will continue to talk about their feats. Mavericks, Charlies, Vipers, Cougars, Jesters and Gooses are welcome.

If you’re ready to ride into the danger zone, join us for some fierce battles of wit, athleticism, cunning tomfoolery, chicanery, brains and Braund.  Just like when you pull the eject lever over the Pacific, you will get wet.

Sponsored by American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)


“You Can be My Wingman Anytime” Cocktail Reception

6pm to 7pm Pavilion Tent

Join your colleagues to get the evening started.

Sponsored by Degenkolb Engineers

Top Gun Dinner

7pm to 11pm Pavilion Tent

Come join SEAOC for our Top Gun themed dinner.  Take your breath away with a discovery flight around local San Diego in the QuickPit F-35 Simulator or enter into the danger zone with an air combat experience on the F-16 Fighting Falcon Simulator.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet Maverick and take a selfie!  DJ will be spinning us through decades of tunes, so bring your dancing shoes!

Ice Luge Sponsored by Aegion | FibrWrap | Fyfe

Flight Simulator Sponsored by Josephson-Werdowatz and Associates

Aegion | Fyfe | Fibrwrap