Prior Sessions

2010-2019 SE University Core Sessions

2019 SE University Schedule
2018 SE University Schedule        2017 SE University Schedule        2016 SE University Schedule
2015 SE University Schedule       2014 SE University Schedule       2013 SE University Schedule 
2012 SE University Schedule       2011 SE University Schedule       2010 SE University Schedule

In addition to the yearly schedules above, you can also access the past session information by CATEGORY or DATE. If you are an SE University Client and would like to watch previous sessions, please log in to your SEU Resource Center account, and select the SEU Session Library.

Upcoming SE University Sessions

SE University Core sessions are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Supplemental sessions are provided as noted. All times shown are Eastern time.

Changes to the Seismic Design of Steel Structures
Sep 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Jim O. Malley, SE
Degenkolb Engineers


On January 14, 1994, a M6.7 earthquake hit Southern California causing over $10 billion of damage. One of the most unexpected types of structural damage from the Northridge earthquake occurred in steel moment resisting frames, which prior to the earthquake had been considered one of the best seismic systems by many practicing structural engineers. Damage to over 100 such buildings created great concern in the structural engineering community, leading to a six-year, $10 million dollar FEMA funded research and development effort known as the SAC Steel Project.

SAC was a joint venture of the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Applied Technology Council, and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, and the project’s investigations led to the development of a series of guidelines documents for use by practicing structural engineers. Many of the recommendations were incorporated into the AISC Seismic Provisions, and are now required for projects in the U.S. and widely used in many other countries throughout the world. These changes are based on a consistent methodology intended to result in excellent seismic performance of steel structures.

This SE University presentation will focus on the damage caused by the Northridge Earthquake, the response by the SAC Steel Project, and the changes to practice that have resulted.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the damage caused to steel moment frames by the 1994 Northridge earthquake led to major changes to seismic design of steel structures.
  • Realize that the basis for the overall design philosophy is rooted in developing a target inelastic mechanism with designated ductile structural fuses that dissipate the major of the earthquake’s energy.
  • Understand how design requirements for the various structural systems are designated to meet the seismic design philosophy.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, September 6th.

Retrofitting of Existing Buildings with Steel Joists
Oct 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Bruce Brothersen, PE, SE


Walter Worthley, PE, SE
Valley Joist

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, October 4th.

Session Description:

Evaluation and modification of joists may be required for many reasons: building renovations, field deviations, additional loads, and more. SJI’s Technical Digest No. 12 “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders” addresses how to evaluate existing joists and Joist Girders for changes to the original loads and then how to modify the joists and Joist Girders to adequately carry the required loading.

This SE University session will review information from the technical digest, with examples of joists needing to be retrofitted. The discussion will then move to methods and examples evaluating existing open web steel joists and Joist Girders for revised loading conditions. Finally, common options will be presented for modifying these joists and Joist Girders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Show an example of joists that can be retrofitted and an example where joists should not be retrofitted.
  • Identify the key characteristics of in place joists.
  • Demonstrate how to determine who the original manufacturer was and whether they can provide any additional documentation.
  • Show how to verify the original design loads and evaluate the joist for the new loads.
  • Give several methods and practices to modify existing joists to increase the load carrying capacity.
  • Provide details that are commonly used to increase the load carrying capacity of a joist component.
SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – What’s New in Revit 2020
Oct 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, October 18th.

Session Description:

This SEU BIM Forum session will include a demonstration of features in Autodesk Revit 2020 software, including the 2020.1 update install. During the session, Betsy Werra will be exploring the latest development of Revit enhanced tools for structural engineers and designers. This session will cover the new Core features including new tools and enhancements that help generate consistent, coordinated, and complete model-based building designs and documentation, as well as the structural improvements for Steel Design, Concrete Rebar Detailing and the Structural Precast Extension in Revit 2020.
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the new enhancements in Revit 2020 & Revit 2020.1.
  • Identify how the Revit Core enhancements can be implemented in an everyday workflow.
  • Identify improvements for rebar, precast, and steel design in Revit 2020.
Wind Loads on Non-Building Structures
Nov 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Emily Guglielmo, SE

This session is one week later than normal due to the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, November 15th.

Session Description:

This SE University session will focus on wind loads on non-building structures, including equipment, walls, signs, and towers. During the session, Emily Guglielmo, SE, from Martin/Martin, will discuss ASCE 7 wind load provisions for non-building structures and how to correctly apply them through examples. An in-depth exploration for engineering commonly encountered situations that are not directly addressed in the code will follow. Sample topics include wind loads on:

  • Rooftop equipment (Horizontal and vertical components)
  • Rooftop equipment on buildings less than 60 feet and over 60 feet
  • Rooftop screenwalls
  • Signs
  • Canopies
  • Tall parapets
  • Solar PV
  • Wind loads on towers, tanks and open structures

Learning Objectives:

  • Become more familiar with the ASCE 7 wind provisions for non-building structures.
  • Recognize wind loads on non-building structures not specifically addressed in the code.
  • Obtain tools to help address these topics in engineering designs.
Developing Effective Communication Skills for Structural Engineers
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Anthony Fasano, PE
Engineering Management Institute

This session will be one hour. NY PDH will NOT be provided for this session.

If you ask anyone how to be a successful engineer or a top engineering manager, they would tell you that you would need good communication skills. However, they will rarely tell you how to develop them. In this session, you will learn practical strategies that can be used on a daily basis to incrementally improve your communication skills and subsequently your ability to communicate with others. Implementing these strategies will put you on the fast track to becoming a top engineering manager because you will be in the small percentage of engineering professionals who can communicate effectively on a regular basis.

If you follow the strategies provided in this session, this one session alone can have a massively positive impact on your engineering career and life.

Learning Objectives:

• Communicate effectively with team members
• Say things in a way that will help you get the responses you are seeking
• Listen more effectively (the key to communication)
• Be responsive so people want to communicate with you
• Apply strategies to effectively collaborate with your team members

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, December 6th.

Delegated Design: Addressing Potential Risks with Proper Project Management
Jan 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Doug Allen, P.E.
Simpson Strong-Tie

Delegated design is becoming more and more commonplace as demands in the design world continue to increase, but it undoubtedly can add complexity and blurred lines of responsibility to a project. This SE University session will take a look at three components of project management: design, collaboration, and implementation, examining their interdependencies and potential consequences if not managed effectively.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Tuesday, January 7th.

Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Claire Gandee

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, February 7th.

SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – Wall Options within Revit Structure
Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

This SEU BIM Forum session will focus on various Wall options within Revit Structure.

During the session Betsy Werra will focus on a number of items including the Revit Wall properties, exploring wall types in Revit, and various tools to help modify / customize the look of your Revit walls. She will also show how to apply wall hosted elements such as wall sweeps and reveals, wall footings, and wall openings, and will review the process for annotating your walls using dimensions, spot elevations, and tags.

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the different types of wall system families
Understand how to display various wall join options
Identify how to create and assign “hosted” elements to existing walls

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 6th.


Engineering Ethics Update: Fiduciary Duties
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

DATE CHANGE – Switched with SEU BIM Forum

Speaker: Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq
Walter P. Moore

This SE University presentation will update attendees on current events in the field of professional engineering ethics. The session will focus particularly on engineers’ fiduciary ethical duties, and the emerging and concerning issue of civil liability for fiduciary duties.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what is a fiduciary and what are fiduciary duties.
  • Summarize situations in which engineers become fiduciaries.
  • Understand tips to avoid inadvertently becoming a fiduciary.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 20th.


Masonry Checklist: Reviewing Structural Drawings
Apr 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting

Checklists are helpful for structural engineers to ensure that all design considerations are met. This SE University session will focus on developing a checklist for masonry design. Among the considerations that will go into the makeup of the checklist are ensuring that the designs be: optimal and efficient, safe and reliable, and constructible. As the checklist is developed, each item from the checklist will be supported by current industry standards, including TMS 402/602-16, and NCMA TEK Guides 10-2D and 10-3.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop checklist of important items for masonry design and construction.
  • Review important aspect of masonry design criteria.
  • Discuss best practices for element design.
  • Consider the impact of efficient and effective designs in case studies.


Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, April 3rd.